NHS Pension Scheme

NHS Pension Scheme – Age discrimination judgement A legal case taken by the firefighters and judges has found that the transitional protections introduced as part of the 2015 changes to their respective pension schemes were discriminatory based on age. There is a likely read across of this judgement to the other public sector pension schemes, which includes the NHS Pension Scheme, that have similar protection arrangements. In the NHS if…

Ambulance Workforce Issues – Joint Statement

Representatives of ambulance employers, trades unions and other national stakeholders met on 10 June to consider how to make further and more urgent progress on the workforce issues that have led to trades unions holding consultative ballots on possible industrial action. The parties are aware of the potential impact on patients of any form of industrial action that could be taken in the ambulance sector and remain committed to working…

Early Retirement Reduction Buy Out (ERRBO)

What’s On Offer? All NHS staff who are members of the 2015 NHS Pension Scheme are able to elect to pay extra contributions to reduce or remove the early retirement reduction that would be applied if they retire before their Normal Pension Age (NPA). This is known as an Early Retirement Reduction Buy Out (ERRBO). There has been a subsequent Agreement negotiated by the national ambulance unions which offers a…

Salary sacrifice arrangements and your NHS pension

If you are currently participating in a salary sacrifice scheme and are now in the new NHS Pension Scheme 2015 you should consider whether this is still in your best overall financial interest. What is a salary sacrifice scheme? Salary sacrifice arrangements are when you enter into an agreement with your employer to exchange some of your salary for a non-cash benefit. Common examples include childcare vouchers, car parking, car…

Detail of the NHS Pay offer including ambulance proposals

Click here to download and read the offer letter from Jeremy Hunt to Christina which the SGE agreed to consult members on. In addition to the NHS offer, the strength of industrial action in the ambulance sector led to the following proposals being added.

New NHS pension scheme from April 2015

What’s happening? • The current NHS pension scheme will be replaced by a new scheme from 1 April 2015. • The new scheme is based on your earnings for your whole career from April 2015 (a Career-Average Revalued Earnings scheme). • Each year 1/54th of your pensionable salary for that year will be added to your pension account – this is a better ‘accrual’ rate than the current 1/60th or 1/80th rates in…

When I’m 68

A music video protesting against the UK government’s proposal to increase the retirement/ pensionable age for all frontline NHS staff to 68, including paramedics. This will have a particularly damaging impact on ambulance staff and increase clinical risk for their patients. Track performed and shot by the paramedic ’68 Old Stars’. https://www.facebook.com/AmbulanceMinisterOnNightshift



UNISON¹s consultative ballot of its health members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on changes to the NHS pension scheme, returned a low turnout of 14.8% of those eligible to vote.

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