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

2022/23

Employer Technical Update June 2022

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword
  2. Coronavirus Act 2020 – Change to Pension Legislation
  3. Annual Allowance – Information Required
  4. Consultation on proposed changes to member contributions from 1 April 2022
  5. Contact Us

2021/22

Employer Technical Update March 2022

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword
  2. McCloud Remedy Consultation & Regulations
  3. Suspension of Abatement of Pension & 16 Hr Per Week Rule
  4. Amendment to Member Contributions
  5. Contact Us

Employer Technical Update December 2021

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword
  2. Coronavirus Act 2020 & the HSC Pension Scheme
  3. Department of Health Consultations
  4. Senior Managers Cash Equivalent Transfer Value Figures
  5. Reduction or Forteiture of Benefits/Forfeiture
  6. Contact Us

Employer Technical Update June 2021

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword
  2. Update on McCloud Judgement
  3. Coronavirus Act 2020 – Change to Pension Legislation
  4. Annual Allowance Information Required
  5. Contact Us

2020/21

Employer Technical Update March 2021

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword
  2. Public Sector Pension Scheme Consultation Update
  3. 2020/21 Greenbury Update – Completion of Information for Scheme Accounts
  4. Coronavirus Legislation
  5. Contact Us

Employer Technical Update January 2021

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword
  2. Public Sector Pension Scheme Consultation Update – McCloud Case
  3. Senior Managers Cash Equivalent Transfer Value Figures
  4. Coronavirus Act 2020 – Change to Pension Legislation – Reminder
  5. Contact Us
Employer Technical Update September 2020

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword
  2. Public Service Pension Schemes Consultation – Reminder
  3. Final Pay Controls – Reminder
  4. Annual Allowance & Annual Benefit Statements
  5. HSC Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme
  6. Contact Us
Employer Technical Update August 2020

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword
  2. Department of Finance Public Service Pension Schemes Consultation
  3. Frequently Asked Questions
  4. Contact Us
Employer Technical Update July 2020

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword
  2. Applications for Consideration for Ill Health Retirement – Update
  3. Coronavirus Act 2020 – Change to Pension Legislation
  4. Guidance where employees are not furloughed but have a temporary reduction in hours
  5. Annual Allowance Information Required
  6. Delivering through the Pandemic
  7. Contact Us
Employer Technical Update April 2020

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword
  2. COVID-19 Impact on Services
  3. Coronavirus Act 2020 – Change to Pension Legislation
  4. Authorised Leave & Career Breaks
  5. Final Pay Control – Reminder
  6. Application for Consideration for ‘In Service’ Ill Health Retirement
  7. Contact Us

2019/20

Employer Technical Update March 2020

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Executive Summary
  2. COVID-19 – HSC Pension Scheme Changes
  3. Contact Us
Employer Technical Update February 2020

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword
  2. The McCloud Judgement – Joint Statement
  3. Contact Us
Employer Technical Update January 2020

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword
  2. Senior Managers Cash Equivalent Transfer Value Figures
  3. Annual Allowance Information (reminder)
  4. Contact Us
Employer Technical Update October 2019

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword
  2. Supreme Court Ruling
  3. Annual Allowance – Impact on Senior Staff
  4. Contact Us
Employer Technical Update June 2019

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword
  2. Transfer of Functions from Payroll Shared Services
  3. Employer Contribution Rates
  4. Reduction or Forfeiture of Benefits
  5. Member Estimates
  6. Contact Us

2018/19

Employer Technical Update March2019

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword
  2. Employer/Employee Contribution Rates
  3. HSC Pension Scheme Actuarial Factors
  4. Contact Us
Employer Technical Update February 2019

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword
  2. Ill Health Retirement – Eligibility Criteria
  3. Reduction or Forfeiture of Benefits
  4. Estimate of Benefits – New Procedures
  5. Annual Allowance – Voluntary Scheme Pays
  6. Consultation on Draft Regulations – DoH
  7. Contact Us
Employer Technical Update January 2019

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword
  2. Pension Band Review
  3. New Joiner Questionnaire/Re-Joiner Form – Potential impact to members
  4. Annual Leave/Pensionable Service
  5. Contact Us
Employer Technical Update October 2018

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword
  2. ICATS
  3. Career Break – Retrospective Payments
  4. Career Breaks and Annual Leave
  5. Final Pay Control
  6. Locum Employment – Percentage Contribution Rate
  7. Annual Benefit Statements
  8. Contact Us
Employer Technical Update June 2018

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword/Executive Summary
  2. New LTA
  3. Annual Benefit Statements 2018
  4. HSC Pension Service Privacy Statement
  5. Pension Application Process
  6. Changes to Pensionable Pay in Year
  7. Reduction or Forfeiture of Benefits
  8. Salary Sacrifice
  9. Contact Us

2017/18

Employer Technical Update March 2018

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword/Executive Summary
  2. Final Pay Control
  3. Pensionable Pay – Clarification
  4. On Call Working
  5. Pension Increase 2018
  6. 2008 Scheme Members – Opt Out Exercise
  7. Revision of Pension Payments – Potential Overpayments
  8. Contact Us
Employer Technical Update January 2018

This Technical Update contains information regarding:

  1. Foreword/Executive Summary
  2. Auto Enrolment and eligibility to be members of the HSC Pension Scheme
  3. Bank/Casual Employment (Three month Rule) Reminder
  4. Payment of survivor benefits for unmarried partners
  5. Annual Benefit Statements
  6. Pensionable Pay
  7. Senior Managers Cash Equivalent Transfer Value Figures
  8. Contact Us
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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