NHS: Pensions

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th July 2019.

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Photo of Anneliese Dodds Anneliese Dodds Shadow Minister (Treasury)

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.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

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.

In order to distribute an ABS on time, the NHS Business Services Authority relies on receiving accurate and timely information from employers.

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.

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