The draft Health and Social Care Pension Schemes, Additional Voluntary Contributions and Injury Benefit (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2022

 Suspension of Abatement Provisions

The Department of Health recently launched a consultation on the above draft Regulations. These Regulations are intended to cover a number of issues including extending the current suspension of abatement of pension provisions to 31 October 2022.

The consultation is due to close on 31 March however, due to an urgent need for clarity on the abatement issue across the service, it is now planned to close the abatement section of the consultation on 11 March.  Subject to the findings of the consultation and Assembly procedure, this will allow legislation to be brought into operation before the current suspension expires on 24 March, without the need for retrospection.


Responses to the abatement section of the consultation should be sent by close of business on Friday 11 March 2022 via e-mail

Or by post to:

DoH – Pensions Policy Team

Waterside House

Room G33

75 Duke Street


BT47 6FP

Due to the Covid 19 situation please use email if possible as mail may only be monitored periodically.        

The consultation document and draft regulations are available via the DoH website at:-

Abatement – Conclusion of Consultation Letter