From this page employers can access the latest and previously issued employer circulars.

2017/18

Employer Technical Update September 2017

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword
  2. Qualifying for Protection in the 1995/2008 Scheme (as a result of Previous Public Service Membership)
  3. Proposed Change in State Pension Age
  4. In Service Ill Health Retirement Applications – Clarifications
  5. Annual Benefit Statements
  6. Pension Regulator Update
  7. Contact Us
Employer Technical Update June 2017

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword/Executive Summary
  2. Nominated non-legal Partner Benefits – Update
  3. Pension Scams
  4. Application for consideration for In Service Ill Health Retirement
  5. The HSC Pension Scheme Board
  6. Member Self Service
  7. On Call Working
  8. Eligibility to Join the Scheme
  9. Termination Notices – Accompanying AW6
  10. Revised/New Scheme Forms
  11. Earnings Cap
  12. Contact Us

2016/17

Employer Technical Update March 2017

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword/Executive Summary
  2. Provision of Survivors Benefits for Unmarried Couples (Judicial Review)
  3. Procedural Guidance for Employers
  4. On Call Working Arrangements (Pensionable Earnings)
  5. Concurrent Employments
  6. Transfer of Benefits from other NHS Pension Schemes
  7. Protection of Pensionable Pay – (closing date for retrospective applications)
  8. Revised Scheme Forms
  9. HSC Pension Service Publications
  10. Contact Us
Employer Technical Update January 2017

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword/Executive Summary
  2. Payment of Survivors Pension Following Death in Pensionable Service
  3. Protection of Pensionable Pay
  4. Lifetime Allowance Protection (LTA)
  5. Annual Benefit Statements
  6. Transfer in of NHS Benefits
  7. Transfer in of Benefits from Non NHS Pension Schemes
  8. Senior Managers Cash Equivalent Transfer Value Figures
  9. Updated Forms
  10. Contact Us

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Employer Technical Update August 2016

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword/Executive Summary
  2. Survivor Nomination Forms
  3. Updated Forms
  4. Member Newsletter
  5. Change of Regulations—Ill Health Retirement
  6. New Joiner Questionnaire
  7. Choice 2
  8. ERRBO
  9. Employer Requests for Guidance or Clarification of Scheme Rules or Regulations
  10. Transfer In—Disclosure of Information
  11. Annual Leave—Pensionable Service
  12. Protection of Pensionable Pay
  13. Annual Benefit Statements
  14. Contact Us 
Employer Technical Update May 2016

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Actuarial Factors
  2. Updated Forms
  3. Administration Charges
  4. Member Newsletter
  5. Choice 2 Exercise – Important Notice
  6. Nil CPI For 2016/17 – how it affects fixed protection 2012 or 2014
  7. Members applying for individual or fixed protection 2016
  8. Annual Benefit Statements
  9. Annual Allowance Calculations
  10. Employers Forum
  11. Contact Us

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2015/16

Employer Technical Update December 2015

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Auto Enrolment
  2. Death Gratuity Payments
  3. Commutation of Benefits with Life Expectancy of Less than 1 year
  4. Impact of the Abolition of Contracting Out
  5. Lump Sum Choice
  6. 3 Month Rule
  7. Changes of Lifetime Allowance
  8. Refund of Contributions
  9. Transfer In of Service
  10. Pension Taxation – Summer Budget 2015
  11. GP’s Annual Certificate of Pensionable Profit
  12. Locum Administration
  13. Employers’ Forum

Employer Technical Update September 2015

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Administration and Interest Charges for HSC employers who pay their Scheme Contributions late
  2. Final Pay Controls and Employer Change
  3. Members’ Charter
  4. Amendments to Forms
  5. 2015 CARE Scheme
  6. Estimate Process
  7. New GP Payment System
  8. Redundancy
  9. Salary Sacrifice
  10. Early Retirement Reduction Buy Out (ERRBO)
  11. Notification of Backdated Pay Awards for Pensionable Employees
  12. WTE TSR Calculation

2014/15

Employer Technical Update March 2015

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Partner Nomination
  2. Tiered Contributions for Scheme Years 2015/2016 through to 2018/2019
  3. Lifetime Allowance: Loss of Enhanced Protection and Fixed Protection 2012 and 2014 because of the 2015 HSC Pension Scheme
  4. Salary Sacrifice
  5. Employer Services
  6. Public Service Pension Scheme History
  7. HSC Pension Service Communications Strategy
  8. Employers Forum

Employer Technical Update October 2014

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. HMRC restrictions on Lump sum’s exceeding £312,500
  2. Pension Scams: A lifetime’s savings lost in a moment
  3. Lump Sum Choice – Pension Commutation
  4. Information escalation process
  5. Consultation on Proposals for a new HSC Pension Scheme
  6. Individual Protection 2014
  7. 2013/2014 GP Providers (and non GP providers) Certificate of Pensionable Income
  8. Employers’ Forum Update

Employer Technical Update March 2014

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. The standard Lifetime Allowance (LTA) is reducing to £1.25m from 6 April 2014
  2. Fixed Protection 2014
  3. Individual Protection 2014
  4. 2014/2015 Tiered Contributions – Reminder
  5. Schedule of Charges

Employer Technical Update January 2014

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Annual Allowance: Deadline for 2012/2013 Scheme Pays Election
  2. Proposed Employee Contribution Rates for Scheme year 1 April 2014 to 31 March (Year three of three)
  3. Revised Process of paying GP Practice Staff Contributions – April 2014
  4. Auto-enrolment
  5. Application for refund
  6. Disclosure of Senior Managers Remuneration (Greenbury) 2014

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