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This month I thought I would do something slightly different and give you a summary of the current issues with regards to Pensions.
Firstly, I know that the pension issues are causing a lot of stress as many are concerned that there are missing monies or that your records are not up to date. Whilst this is a major concern we are continuing our cause to ensure that pressure is applied to NHSE and PCSE in order that all these problems are resolved. Anyone retiring in the near future will need to ensure that their records are up to date and anyone having problems should contact the BMA Pensions Department. For those some distance from retirement I would like to emphasise the point that although this may be stressful please do not worry as there is plenty of time for these issues to be resolved and your records updated retrospectively.
There is a commitment from NHSE to ensure that all individual’s pension records are updated correctly.
It is the responsibility of NHS England to ensure that an individuals’ pension contributions are processed correctly, that their records are up to date and that they are submitted to NHS Pensions on time.
As a result GPC have sent an FOI to NHSE which you can see here with the Press release here.
Once we have this information it will help us formulate a view on how to take this forward.
The Locum A and B forms are updated annually with each new pension year. Last year they were released mid April and caused a lot of problems as many Locums had to get their forms re-done by practices.
In a previous blog I mentioned that I was in conversations with NHS Pensions to improve the forms. The new forms were released just prior to the 1st April and thankfully they have incorporated most of my suggestions. An example would be that the parts that need to be completed are now all on one page for both the Locum A and B forms. This is turn results in fewer pages needing to be uploaded to PCSE online.
The new forms can be found here.
Where do I begin?
Firstly, I raised the concern that there was no form for those that are still in the 1995 or 2008 NHS Pension Scheme as they are not subject to annualisation, this has now been corrected and the form can be found here.
Secondly, I asked NHS pensions to put out a statement that no one will be penalised for not completing the form by the deadline.
The statement reads, “We can confirm that no punitive measures will be taken against GPs who submitted certificates past 28 February deadline due to these issues”. We released a statement following this.
This is also in their April Edition of the NHS Pension GP Newsletter which you may wish to subscribe to here.
There are still multiple concerns regarding these forms including for those that have concurrent posts and on how the Annualisation regulations are being applied.
As I have stated on Social Media, it may help to reassure individuals that I have not completed my own Type 2 form for the last year until we have further clarity regarding the Annualisation regulations.
I did not feel that it was right if I were to complete my form considering so many have you had difficulties therefore, out of principle I will wait until we resolve the issues before I complete my own form.
I have made my feelings quite clear that I believe that annualisation is an unfair and discriminatory regulation.
Over the past two months the BMA pensions team and I have met with the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and the BMA legal team to formulate a view on how to take matters further. Andy Blake, Head of BMA Specialist Member Relations (Pensions Department) has written to the Department of health asking for a withdrawal of annualisation regulations. The BMA pension’s team and I are travelling to NHS pensions next month to discuss annualisation further.
So far there has only been one further concession with regards to Annualisation, in that any Locum that works beyond six months in a practice does not have to consider themselves to be a type 2 GP and therefore with respect to this they need not complete a Type 2 certificate. The statement is available here. If you have been affected by this concession and have already completed your form then you can write to NHS pensions at [email protected] and they will review your Type 2 form.
We will be meeting with NHS Pensions next month.
We have updated our Annualisation guidance page with our current position which you can view here.
This is work in progress.
We continue to meet NHS England and Capita (PCSE) on a monthly basis where any issues affecting GPs are raised.
There has been an update to PCSE Online in that now you should receive an automatic reference number on submission.
We have also raised our concerns on the small file size and number of documents that can be uploaded per submission.
The main concern that we have is that of PCSE processing pension contributions correctly, on time and updating records accordingly.
We continue to put pressure on NHSE to resolve these issues so that no GP is financially penalised due to the processing of pension contributions by PCSE.
If you have any issues that you would like me to raise please contact the secretary at [email protected]
I will continue to provide updates for you.
Krishan Aggarwal is Deputy Chair of the Sessional Subcommittee, GPC UK.
You can follow him on Twitter @Krishanx
ThanQ so much 4 all the work U’ve been doing on this Krishan.
I put in a SAR regarding my pension records in mid November. I have heard nothing apart from holding responses. I have complained to the ICO. They have thanked me for bringing the matter to their attention. What a shambles.
Thanks for all your work. I have been banging my head against a brick wall re no information available on annual allowance statement etc since September. No useful response to email requests, being given conflicting information on telephoning and I have only found out through NHSE that my pension statement has not been updated since March 2014), (There are some figures on there up to April 2016 confusingly). A complaint has only got the standard receipt, no action. I have engaged the help of the BMA and finally I am getting somewhere: at least the PCSE are talking to my advocate and I am finally getting useful information. For example, only 1/4 of my solo work for 15/16 has been recorded! I urge anyone who is getting nowhere over their pension problems to get the BMA to help. Dissertation Writing Services UK
Yes thanks for the continued pressure on this. The new A and B forms still have pages and pages of guidance which simply doesn't need to be on the PDF and it seems only the pay-for Adobe will allow you to edit out the form we need. Has anyone found a way around that? Why can't Capita just issue the form on its own I wonder?
Thanks very much for this latest update
Having read through the information/links above I think I understand that PCSE/Capita will be informing NHS Pensions of the locum pension contributions made for the year ending March 2017 in this month or May. Will Capita be asking members to check these amounts before submitting them to NHS Pensions? If not and the amounts subsequently turn out to be incorrect who would be responsible for correcting them?
Interesting opinion. I didn't think there are so many unexpected issues with pensions. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
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A debt of gratitude is in order for all your work. I have been slamming my head against a block divider re no data accessible into yearly stipend explanation and so forth since September. Essay Service Australia. No valuable reaction to email demands, being given clashing data.
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In the wake of perusing the above data/joins, I feel that I comprehend that PCSE/Capita will report this month or May 2017 to the NHS Retirement Benefits Protection Commitments for the year finishing Walk 2017. Will Capita will request that individuals check these sums previously submitting them to NHS pensions? If not, and the sums accordingly turned out to be wrong, who might be in charge of their redress?
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Do we have any more information about an amnesty for type 2 forms? I read that this was marketing assignments online being looked into- is that correct? I was unaware of them and subsequently my pension record is incorrect for practitioner work back to 2011. I’ve gone through the online portal and using BMA pensions department but no answers as yet- now over 9 months since I started my enquirers- very frustrating