Consultation outcome

NHS Pension scheme draft regulations 2015: part 2

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

Detail of outcome

All 4 statutory instruments to reform the NHS pensions scheme have now been laid before parliament.

There were 0 responses received to this part of the consultation.

Read part 1 and part 3 of the consultation

Original consultation


Seeks views on transitional provisions to change current pension scheme legislation, and the tax treatment of pensions, from 1 April 2015.

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Consultation description

The Department of Health is consulting on draft regulations relating to the introduction of the 2015 National Health Service Pension Scheme for England and Wales.

The draft regulations:

  • ensure that transferring members, and new members of the 2015 scheme, remain in contracted-out employment until contracting-out ends in April 2016
  • prevent members of the current scheme from gaining rights as “early leavers” under that scheme when they transfer to the new scheme. Transferring members will be treated as if they remained active members of the old scheme until they leave pensionable service
  • change the tax regime in respect of ill-health benefits to prevent the same benefits from being assessed against tax twice, and ensure that members do not experience any unexpected tax consequences

Regulations that implement pension scheme changes are subject to final agreement by health ministers and HM Treasury.


Published 31 October 2014
Last updated 26 February 2015 + show all updates
  1. Updated to include consultation response
  2. First published.