Explanatory Notes


80 It is important that restrictions on returning to work whilst in receipt of a pension do not act as a disincentive for healthcare professionals who wish to re-enter the workforce in order to assist the healthcare response to covid-19. The Bill will therefore suspend certain rules that apply in the NHS Pension Scheme in England and Wales so that healthcare professionals who have recently retired can return to work and those who have already returned can increase their hours without there being a negative impact on their pension entitlements. 

81 The Bill contains provisions to make changes for the NHS Pension Scheme in England and Wales, as well as corresponding changes in the respective NHS Pension Schemes in Scotland and Northern Ireland.


Prepared 18th March 2020