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star this property date less than 2019-07-25more like thismore than 2019-07-25
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care remove filter
star this property hansard heading NHS: Pensions remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to compensate senior NHS staff who have inadvertently exceeded the tapered annual pensions allowance. more like this
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Baroness Altmann more like this
star this property uin HL17506 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-08-06more like thismore than 2019-08-06
star this property answer text <p>For the majority of people, their pension contributions are tax-free. This makes pensions tax relief one of the most expensive reliefs in the personal tax system. The reforms to the lifetime and annual allowance made in the previous two parliaments are expected to save over £6 billion per year and are necessary to deliver a fair system and protect public finances. Less than 1% of pension savers will have to reduce their saving or face an annual allowance charge as a result of the tapered annual allowance.</p><p>While there are no plans to compensate senior National Health Service staff who exceed their tax-free pension savings allowances, the Scheme Pays facility is there to assist NHS Pension Scheme members who breach the annual allowance, and allows them to settle their lifetime and annual allowance charges without making an upfront payment. The Scheme Pays facility was recently extended to cover tax charges of any amount and those arising from the tapered annual allowance.</p><p>The Government has launched a full public consultation setting out proposals to make the NHS Pension Scheme more flexible for clinicians, to give them more control over their pension growth and tax liabilities.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford more like this
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less than 2019-08-06T15:06:30.857Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-06T15:06:30.857Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford more like this
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4533
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
1137640
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-08more like thismore than 2019-07-08
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care remove filter
star this property hansard heading NHS: Pensions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the proportion of staff in an NHS pension scheme that have received their pension statement on time in each of the last two years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Oxford East more like this
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Anneliese Dodds more like this
star this property uin 274621 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
star this property answer text <p>In accordance with the Public Service Pension Act 2013, the NHS Business Services Authority must provide an Annual Benefit Statement (ABS) within five months of the end of a Scheme year. An ABS the build-up of a member’s scheme benefits to the end of the last scheme year, any dependent/survivor benefits and any monies to be deducted from benefits.</p><p>In order to distribute an ABS on time, the NHS Business Services Authority relies on receiving accurate and timely information from employers.</p><p>For the scheme year 2016/17, 2,200,875 statements were made available to members. For scheme year 2017/18, 2,275,125 statements were made available to members. Statements are made available to all active and deferred members. Information is not available regarding the proportion that were made available within five months of the end of each scheme year.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wimbledon more like this
star this property answering member printed Stephen Hammond more like this
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less than 2019-07-11T11:31:26.877Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-11T11:31:26.877Z
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1585
star this property label Biography information for Stephen Hammond more like this
star this property tabling member
4657
unstar this property label Biography information for Anneliese Dodds more like this
1137641
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-08more like thismore than 2019-07-08
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care remove filter
star this property hansard heading NHS: Pensions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations his Department has made to Capita on the provision of pension statements to staff in NHS pension schemes in the last 12 months. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Oxford East more like this
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Anneliese Dodds more like this
star this property uin 274622 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
star this property answer text <p>The Department has made no representations to Capita regarding their administration of general practitioner (GP) pensions in the NHS Pension Scheme. The responsibility for managing the administration of GP pensions is held by NHS England, who have a contract with Capita to provide this service.</p><p>NHS England is aware that improvements are needed to Capita’s administration of GP pensions, and is committed to ensuring these are delivered. A full review of processes is currently being undertaken, where NHS England is working with the NHS Business Services Authority, Primary Care Support England and stakeholder groups such as the British Medical Association to improve processes across specific areas.</p><p>Action plans and revised processes have been developed following this review, and communications have been send to GPs, clinical commissioning groups and GP practice management to ensure that new processes are followed to improve the member experience and reduce inefficiency.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wimbledon more like this
star this property answering member printed Stephen Hammond more like this
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less than 2019-07-11T11:26:34.587Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-11T11:26:34.587Z
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1585
star this property label Biography information for Stephen Hammond more like this
star this property tabling member
4657
unstar this property label Biography information for Anneliese Dodds more like this
1126869
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star this property date less than 2019-05-15more like thismore than 2019-05-15
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care remove filter
star this property hansard heading NHS: Pensions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of the (a) new NHS pension scheme in 2015, (b) reduction of the annual allowance for pension growth, (c) subsequent tapering of that allowance and (d) other cumulative changes in recent years to the NHS pension scheme on the (i) level of hours worked by practitioners and (ii) level of practitioner morale. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock more like this
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Bill Grant more like this
star this property uin 254864 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-23more like thismore than 2019-05-23
star this property answer text <p>The 2015 NHS Pension Scheme is valuable part of staff reward packages and remains one of the best schemes available. The reforms to public service pensions ensured that schemes are sustainable and the costs are fair to both staff and the taxpayer.</p><p>Data is not collected on the impact of the new National Health Service pension scheme, other cumulative changes, or the annual allowance on the level of hours worked by practitioners, or practitioner morale.</p><p>The Department recognises that the tapered annual allowance may contribute to decisions by NHS staff to retire early or limit their NHS commitments. The Government is listening carefully to concerns raised by senior doctors and NHS employers about the impact of tapered annual allowance.</p><p>The Department has sought to make available to NHS Pension Scheme members all possible flexibility under Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs legislation and the current fiscal framework for public sector pension schemes. The Chancellor is considering the case for further flexibility in the NHS Pension Scheme.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Wimbledon more like this
star this property answering member printed Stephen Hammond more like this
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less than 2019-05-23T12:27:22.64Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-23T12:27:22.64Z
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1585
star this property label Biography information for Stephen Hammond more like this
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4605
unstar this property label Biography information for Bill Grant more like this
1139705
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star this property date less than 2019-07-17more like thismore than 2019-07-17
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care remove filter
star this property hansard heading NHS: Pensions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the British Medical Association and other representative bodies on proposals to mitigate the effect of pension taxation on the NHS. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hornsey and Wood Green more like this
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Catherine West more like this
star this property uin 278568 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-25more like thismore than 2019-07-25
star this property answer text <p>The Government is listening to concerns raised by doctors that pension tax charges are driving decisions to retire early or limit their National Health Service commitments, and has incorporated the views of the British Medical Association (BMA) and other key stakeholders into the consultation ‘NHS Pension Scheme: proposed flexibility’.</p><p>The consultation sets out a potential 50:50 option, offering 50% pension accrual and halved contributions. As part of the five-year general practitioner contract announced earlier this year, the BMA and NHS England asked the Government to consider introducing a 50:50 option as an appropriate flexibility, and the BMA have welcomed this as a step in the right direction.</p><p>The consultation period is an opportunity to listen to a range of views before reaching a final position that works for both staff and taxpayers. The Department encourages NHS staff and employers to contribute their views.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wimbledon more like this
star this property answering member printed Stephen Hammond more like this
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less than 2019-07-25T14:43:09.047Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-25T14:43:09.047Z
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1585
star this property label Biography information for Stephen Hammond more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Catherine West more like this
1143503
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-09-02more like thismore than 2019-09-02
star this property answering body
Department of Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care remove filter
star this property hansard heading NHS: Pensions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on the consultation into flexibility in the NHS Pension Scheme. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Barnsley Central more like this
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Dan Jarvis more like this
star this property uin 285283 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>The Department will shortly be consulting on proposals to provide increased flexibility to senior clinicians in the NHS Pension Scheme. As announced by my Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on 7 August, the new consultation will provide flexibilities which go beyond the previous 50:50 option by enabling pension accrual and contribution rates to be varied – for example 20:20, 40:40 or 70:70.</p><p>The new proposals will allow senior clinicians to maximise their contribution to the National Health Service without unexpected tax penalties and whilst sustaining growth in their pension savings.</p><p>We intend to publish the consultation in week commencing 9 September.</p><p>The Government recognises the urgency in tackling this issue, so NHS Employers published guidance last week on possible local approaches that employers can consider taking immediately to mitigate the impact of pension tax on their workforce this tax year.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Kingswood more like this
star this property answering member printed Chris Skidmore more like this
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less than 2019-09-09T18:40:41.187Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T18:40:41.187Z
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star this property label Biography information for Chris Skidmore more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dan Jarvis more like this
1135855
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care remove filter
star this property hansard heading NHS: Pensions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help mitigate the effect of pension taxation on the NHS. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 271375 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
star this property answer text <p>I laid provided a Written Ministerial Statement (<a href="https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2019-06-04/HCWS1587/" target="_blank">HCWS1587</a>) on 4 June 2019 setting out the interim People Plan for the National Health Service. As part of this, it was announced that the Department would publish a consultation exploring proposals to introduce greater pension flexibility for clinicians in the NHS Pension Scheme. Increased flexibility is designed to address disincentives that may encourage senior clinicians to limit or reduce their workloads whilst participating in the NHS Pension Scheme.</p><p>The consultation will propose a 50:50 option which is intended to provide increased flexibility to clinicians regarding the growth of their NHS Pension Scheme benefits. This option will offer a 50% pension accrual and halved contributions. It was requested by the British Medical Association earlier this year, and they have welcomed this as a step in the right direction.</p><p>Retaining and maximising the contribution of our highly-skilled clinical workforce is crucial to the delivery of the ambitions for patient care set out in the Long Term Plan for the NHS. Accordingly, the Government is prepared to provide pension flexibility that appropriately balances the benefit of new flexibilities with their affordability to the public purse.</p><p>The consultation period will be an opportunity to listen to a range of views before reaching a final proposition that works for both staff and taxpayers. The Department encourages staff and employers to engage with our consultation when it opens this month.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Wimbledon more like this
star this property answering member printed Stephen Hammond more like this
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less than 2019-07-09T16:05:14.733Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-09T16:05:14.733Z
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1585
star this property label Biography information for Stephen Hammond more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
1142089
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-25more like thismore than 2019-07-25
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care remove filter
star this property hansard heading NHS: Pensions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many senior staff left the NHS pension scheme in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017, (d) 2018 and (e) 2019; and how people leaving the scheme affects other members of the scheme. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Warwick and Leamington more like this
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Matt Western more like this
star this property uin 282449 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
star this property answer text <p>The NHS Pension Scheme records opt-out data based on staff occupation, for example, doctors or nurses, rather than seniority. It is not possible to identify ‘senior staff’ within the available data.</p><p>The following table presents scheme opt-out data provided by the NHS Business Services Authority, who administer the NHS Pension Scheme for England and Wales.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Scheme year</p></td><td><p>Number of active members electing to opt-out from scheme membership</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014-15</p></td><td><p>39,805</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015-16</p></td><td><p>35,538</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016-17</p></td><td><p>47,943</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017-18</p></td><td><p>44,890*</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2018-19</p></td><td><p>43,309*</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Note: *Figures for years 2017-18 and 2018-19 are provisional.</p><p>Over the five-year period ending 31 March 2019, there was a total of 211,485 opt-out elections recorded. Due to auto-enrolment legislation the data will include a member who has opted-out twice within the five years.</p><p>Where a member elects to opt-out, it has no direct effect on the benefit entitlements of other members.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Kingswood more like this
star this property answering member printed Chris Skidmore more like this
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less than 2019-09-03T11:56:30.423Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-03T11:56:30.423Z
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star this property label Biography information for Chris Skidmore more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Matt Western more like this
1142733
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-09-02more like thismore than 2019-09-02
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care remove filter
star this property hansard heading NHS: Pensions remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of requests by NHS professionals to the NHS Business Services Authority to provide them with an accurate and up to date pension statement have been responded to in a timely manner in the most recent period for which figures are available. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Colne Valley more like this
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Thelma Walker more like this
star this property uin 284282 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>The NHS Business Services Authority can provide ‘on demand’ Pension Savings Statements (PSS) to members on request. This is not triggered by a member breaching the annual allowance, but instead by the member requesting a statement. ‘On demand’ statements should be provided by the NHS Business Services Authority by the later of three months from the date of request by the individual or by 6 October following the end of the relevant tax year. However, this is dependent on the NHS Business Services Authority receiving the relevant data from the Employing Authority such as pensionable pay.</p><p>The NHS Business Services Authority cannot exclusively identify healthcare professionals but confirm that during the period of 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 it provided NHS Pension Scheme members with 17,187 ‘on demand’ PSSs of which 13,393 were completed on time.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Kingswood more like this
star this property answering member printed Chris Skidmore more like this
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less than 2019-09-09T18:38:13.863Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T18:38:13.863Z
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star this property label Biography information for Chris Skidmore more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Thelma Walker more like this