NHS CHOICE EXERCISE – GUIDANCE PACK FOR STAFF
As part of the Choice Exercise communications, SPPA
have prepared an information pack for Trade Union/ Staff Representatives.
This pack will include a copy of the Choice Guide, Poster, DVD,
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document and guidance on where
to obtain further information and assistance. The packs will be
available from early December 2009.
Individual reps can then request a pack directly
from SPPA via the choice e-mail box email@example.com
and provide mailing details.
“Your Pension – Your Choice” DVD - To help members
make their pension Choice, Financial Expert, Alvin Hall explains
the differences between the 1995 Section and new 2008 Section
of the NHS Pension Scheme is also available and can be viewed
at this link http://www.sppa.gov.uk/nhs_dvd.htm.
Members can request their own copy of this DVD by
e-mail to NHSChoiceExercise@scotland.gsi.gov.uk NICOLA MORRIS
AREA ORGANISER UNISON SCOTLAND Tel: 0141 342 2802 Fax: 0141 342
2835 Mobile: 07950261626 firstname.lastname@example.org
National Health Service Superannuation Scheme
The NHS Superannuation Scheme was introduced in 1948. It is a
statutory – guaranteed by law – Scheme which provide
pensions and life assurance for those employed by the NHS in Scotland.
It also provides benefits upon a members death for life to either
your legal spouse, registered civil partner, qualifying partner
or dependant children until the age of 23 (however this can be
extended in certain circumstances).
The NHS has separate schemes throughout the UK. England and Wales have a scheme and Northern Ireland also has its own scheme.
The Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA) administers the National Health Service Superannuation Scheme (Scotland) on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
Changes to the scheme - NHS Choice Exercise
New arrangements for the NHS Pension scheme were introduced on 1 April 2008. Existing members will have the option to transfer to the new 2008 section and convert all of their existing service to pensionable service in the new 2008 section.
When the time comes to make a choice, members will be issued with a pack by the SPPA containing information to help them make an informed decision. Staff who were members of the Superannuation scheme before 1 April 2008 and still members on 1 October 2009 will be eligible to participate in the Choice exercise. The main Choice exercise will not start before January 2010.
For further information on the NHS Choice Exercise click here