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COVID-19 and Re-employed Pensioners - Information

NHS Pensions has provided information in regard to relaxing some of the rules around being re-employed for retired employees.

The government is currently proposing emergency powers to help deal with a potential COVID-19 outbreak. The UK Government's Coronavirus Action Plan, published 3rd March, set out measures to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak that are reasonable, proportionate and based on the latest scientific evidence. 

The plan also envisaged that changes to legislation might be necessary in order to give public bodies across the UK the tools and powers they need to carry out an effective response to this emergency. A key area of this legislation enables action to increase the available health and social care workforce by removing barriers to allow recently retired NHS staff and social care workers to come back to work and tackle the outbreak. 

The legislation announced on 17th March will temporarily suspend the 16-hour rule which currently prevents staff who return to work after retirement from the 1995 NHS Pension Scheme from working more than 16 hours per week in the first four weeks after retirement. It will also suspend abatement for special class status holders in the 1995 Scheme, as well as the requirement for staff in the 2008 Section and 2015 NHS Pension Scheme to reduce their pensionable pay by 10% if they elect to 'draw down' a portion of their benefits and continue working. 

These measures will allow skilled and experienced staff who have recently retired from the NHS to return to work, and they will also allow retired staff who have already returned to work to increase their commitments if required, without having their pension benefits suspended. This will provide valuable capacity to the NHS should it be needed. 

A further statement from NHS Pensions is on the following link: https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/covid-19-contingency-planning-employers

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