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Chancellor to announce pension reform to help retain GPs

Chancellor to announce pension reform to help retain GPs

The chancellor is expected to increase the amount that workers can accumulate in their pension savings before paying extra tax, in a bid to retain GPs and other NHS workers.

The final figure has not yet been confirmed ahead of Jeremy Hunt’s budget tomorrow, but workers are expected to be able to save up to £1.8m over a lifetime.

The Government said that millions could benefit from the rise, reports said, including those working in the public sector, with a particular focus on doctors, who chose to ‘retire early’ or ‘reduced hours for pension tax reasons.’

The chancellor’s plans to boost the economy also include increasing the £40,000 annual cap on tax-free contributions to pensions to £60,000.

At the same time, the Department of Health and Social Care has today launched a consultation on a draft statutory instrument which will make changes to NHS Pension Schemes Regulations, to facilitate the retrospective part of the McCloud remedy.

The new consultation about the second and retrospective part of the McCloud remedy will remove the effect of the transitional protections. For NHS Pension Scheme members impacted by the discrimination, the retrospective remedy primarily:

  • returns members who moved to the 2015 scheme back into the legacy scheme for their pensionable service (‘remediable service’) effected by the discrimination during the remedy period, from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2022, which in this consultation is referred to as ‘rollback’
  • offers a choice of whether to receive, legacy scheme benefits or 2015 scheme benefits for their remediable service benefits, both of which are payable from the legacy scheme

According to the Department of Health, the draft National Health Service Pension Schemes (Remediable Service) Regulations 2023 should allow eligible NHS Pension Scheme members to make a retrospective choice and ‘put them, as far as possible, in the pension position they would have been in had the discrimination not occurred.’

In July last year, the BMA said the Government ‘continues to get things wrong when dealing with the NHS pension scheme and still fails to understand the detrimental impact that the complex NHS pension system and punitive pension taxation arrangements are having on members’.

GP pension experts warned that an average GP could be hit by a ‘nightmare’ £33k tax bill due to the ‘unfair’ way inflation is applied to their pension.

And a Pulse survey which revealed that half of the existing GP workforce plans to retire at or before the age of 60 saw doctors quote problems around pensions as a significant reason.



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Turn out The Lights 14 March, 2023 5:49 pm

Over ten year of austeritiy and they expect this to stop the exodus.This is the bloke that promised 600 extra GPs.FFS.

Douglas Callow 14 March, 2023 6:32 pm

TOTL still goes a long way to correct the great wrong on their watch with regards pensions so allow some credit

Dave Haddock 14 March, 2023 6:36 pm

Is money the main issue? Though more is always nice.
The NHS is a ghastly dysfunctional bullying bureaucracy, the job has become a tickbox nightmare, all the responsibility but no power, how will paying less tax will alter that?

Douglas Callow 14 March, 2023 6:51 pm

DH it doesn’t you are right but this is an attrition that will take politics leverage persuasion and savvy media skills
To be shown how wrong they have got things and allow no hiding place aint going to be easy

David Evans 14 March, 2023 10:10 pm

DH..I completely agree

David Oliver 15 March, 2023 8:43 am

pension limit was 1.5M prior to 2014 – just reversing a Conservative policy to try to reduce our pensions tax relief

David Oliver 15 March, 2023 8:51 am

sorry was 1.8M prior to 2012

C B 15 March, 2023 11:43 am

This does not change things for those who were unfairly moved to the 2015 pension from the previous 1995 scheme (most over 50 year olds). I would like to add pension contributions to my 1995 pension scheme for the next 8 years NOT the 2015 pension, because that is the one that I can collect aged 60, adding pension now to the 2015 is not attractive to me, I would rather stick the money in a private pension at this point and collect the lot at 60 years of age and leave.

Turn out The Lights 15 March, 2023 1:08 pm

Spot on CB.Bet the GP pension is in deficit now rather that the surplus before Tory meddling.