As of April 2023, it is proposed that members of the 1995 and 2008 sections of the NHS pension scheme can access their pension and lump sum without the need to ‘retire and return’. Instead, members will be able to continue to work without a change or break in service.
This decision will allow the continuation of permanent employment contracts and the ability to retain any CEAs or discretionary points. Those employees who have taken their pension from the 1995 section will be able to join the 2015 scheme and continue contributing towards a pension. One of the barriers to drawing a pension early has always been the loss of employment rights, moving to fixed-term contracts and the loss of awards.
Changes to flexible retirement rules should attract and retain staff
These new proposals are aimed at better staff retention and greater flexibility for medics whilst helping employers retain their most experienced staff. This more flexible approach supports a healthy work-life balance, especially for those heading towards the end of their careers and retirement.
The full details of the changes are not available yet. However, it is thought there will also be the ability to change the ratio of pensionable to non-pensionable pay to prevent annual allowance tax charges.
It is being mooted that there would need to be a reduction in pensionable pay of 10%. The details of how this would happen have also not been clarified as yet, so keep checking our blogs as we will let you know as soon as we know the small print.
Anyone past a normal retirement age but continuing to work may especially like to reconsider their position and discuss their options with their relative pros and cons with their advisor.
If you think flexible retirement rules may suit you we recommend speaking with your Legal & Medical Adviser to discuss the option as there are potential implications for your Lifetime allowance that would need to be discussed, amongst other areas.
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This article is not specific advice and full consideration of your complete situation is essential.