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Scottish Statutory Instruments

2016 No. 97

Public Service Pensions

The National Health Service Pension Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016

Made

10th February 2016

Laid before the Scottish Parliament

12th February 2016

Coming into force

1st April 2016

The Scottish Ministers make the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by section 1(1) and (2)(e) of, and paragraph 5(b) of Schedule 2 to, the Public Service Pensions Act 2013(1) and all other powers enabling them to do so.

In accordance with section 22(2)(a) of that Act, the Scottish Ministers consulted the representatives of such persons as appeared to them likely to be affected by these Regulations.

In accordance with section 22(2)(b) of that Act, the Scottish Ministers laid before the Scottish Parliament a report concerning the changes to the members’ contribution rates under the National Health Service Pension Scheme (Scotland) made by these Regulations.

In accordance with section 3(5) of that Act, these Regulations are made with the consent of the Treasury.

Citation, commencement and effect

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the National Health Service Pension Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016.

(2) These Regulations come into force on 1st April 2016 and have effect from 1st April 2015.

Amendment of the National Health Service Pension Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2015

2.  The National Health Service Pension Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2015(2) are amended as follows.

Regulation 27

3.  In regulation 27 (pensionable earnings)—

(a)in paragraph (1), for the Table substitute—

Table

Column 1

Group

Column 2

Employment/Engagement

Column 3

Income

AM is employed by an NHS organisationSalary, wages, fees and other regular payments made to M in respect of M’s employment, but not including—
BM is employed by a medical contractor, a non-GP provider or a dental contractor
CM is employed by a determination employer(a)bonuses;
(b)payments made to cover expenses;
(c)payments for overtime; or
(d)pay awards or increases which are expressed by the Scottish Ministers to be non-consolidated.
DM is—Practitioner income: see Schedule 8.
(a)a medical practitioner;
(b)a dental practitioner; or
(c)a non-GP provider

(b)in paragraph (5)(a)(ii), for “practitioner” substitute “provider”.

Regulation 30

4.  In regulation 30 (members’ contributions: employees)—

(a)in paragraph (3)—

(i)for the words from “M’s contribution rate” to “earnings fall.”, substitute—

M’s contribution rate—

(a)

for the scheme year 2015/16 is the percentage specified in column 2 of Table 1 below in respect of the corresponding pensionable earnings band specified in column 1 into which M’s pensionable earnings fall; and

(b)

for the scheme year 2016/17 is the percentage specified in column 2 of Table 2 below in respect of the corresponding pensionable earnings band specified in column 1 into which M’s pensionable earnings fall.;

(ii)for “Table: Scheme Year 2015/16”, substitute “Table 1”; and

(iii)at the end, insert—

Table 2

Column 1

Pensionable earnings band

Column 2

Contribution percentage rate

Up to £16,1285.2%
£16,129 to £21,8175.8%
£21,818 to £27,3607.3%
£27,361 to £50,4669.5%
£50,467 to £72,05012.7%
£72,051 to £112,49013.7%
£112,491 and above14.7%

(b)in paragraph (4), omit “in the table set out in this regulation”.

Regulation 31

5.  In regulation 31 (members’ contributions: practitioners and non-GP providers)—

(a)for paragraph (3), substitute—

(3) M’s contribution rate—

(a)for the scheme year 2015/16 is the percentage specified in column 2 of Table 1 in paragraph (9) in respect of the corresponding pensionable earnings band specified in column 1 into which M’s pensionable earnings fall; and

(b)for the scheme year 2016/17 is the percentage specified in column 2 of Table 2 in paragraph (9) in respect of the corresponding pensionable earnings band specified in column 1 into which M’s pensionable earnings fall.;

(b)in paragraph (4), omit “specified in the Table”;

(c)in paragraph (5), for “medical practitioner” substitute “provider”;

(d)in paragraph (9)—

(i)for “The Table”, substitute “The Tables are”;

(ii)for “Table: Scheme Year 2015/16”, substitute “Table 1”;

(iii)at the end, insert—

Table 2

Column 1

Pensionable earnings band

Column 2

Contribution percentage rate

Up to £16,1285.2%
£16,129 to £21,8175.8%
£21,818 to £27,3607.3%
£27,361 to £50,4669.5%
£50,467 to £72,05012.7%
£72,051 to £112,49013.7%
£112,491 and above14.7%

(e)in paragraph (10), for the words after “references” substitute “in regulation 37 to “the Table” are references to the applicable Table in paragraph (9) of this regulation”.

Regulation 32

6.  In regulation 32(6) (contributions by employing authorities), in column 1 of the table for “ophthalmic medical practitioner” substitute “ophthalmic provider”.

Regulation 37

7.  In regulation 37(9)(b) (members contributions: supplementary), for “manger” substitute “manager”.

Regulation 43

8.  In regulation 43(2)(b)(ii) (making and varying a buy-out election), for “manger” substitute “manager”.

Regulation 112

9.  In regulation 112(2) (surviving adult dependant pension), for “of” substitute “or”.

Regulation 152

10.  In regulation 152(2)(b) (medical practitioner), for “(5)” substitute “(6)”.

Schedule 1

11.  In paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 (Pension Board), at the end insert—

(3) The scheme manager must be satisfied that a person to be appointed as a member of the Board does not have a conflict of interest..

Schedule 3

12.  In paragraph 16 of Schedule 3 (administrative matters)—

(a)in sub-paragraph (5)(a), omit “in accordance with paragraph 17”;

(b)in sub-paragraph (6), for “lime” substitute “time”;

(c)in sub-paragraph (9), for “2013 Act” substitute “Finance Act 2013”; and

(d)in sub-paragraph (10), for “change” substitute “charge”.

Schedule 5

13.  In Schedule 5 (membership gateways)—

(a)in Part 2 (medical contractors), in paragraph 3(b), for “practice” substitute “contractor”; and

(b)in Part 3 (medical practitioners and dental practitioners)—

(i)in paragraph 4(a), after “practitioner” insert “(construed in accordance with regulation 152)”; and

(ii)in paragraph 4(b), omit “medical”.

Schedule 7

14.  In Schedule 7 (pension accounts)—

(a)in paragraph 15, for “regulation 44(6)” substitute “regulation 44(4)”; and

(b)in paragraph 25(1)(b), for “ceases to be payable” substitute “is abated to zero under”.

Schedule 9

15.  In Schedule 9 (determination of pensionable earnings: setting contribution rates)—

(a)in paragraph 2(2), after “column 2 of the” insert “applicable”;

(b)in paragraph 3—

(i)in sub-paragraph (1), for “the table” substitute “Table 2”; and

(ii)in sub-paragraph (2)(a), for “the table” substitute “Table 2”.

Schedule 12

16.  In Schedule 12 (lump sum on death), in paragraph 9(3) for “manger” substitute “manager”.

Schedule 13

17.  In Schedule 13 (definitions)—

(a)in the column 2 entry relating to “medical practitioner”, for “paragraph 4 of Schedule 5” substitute “section 152”;

(b)in the column 2 entry relating to “practitioner”, for “regulation 25(7)” substitute “regulation 27(5)”;

(c)in column 1, for “Section 17 Agreement” substitute “Section 17C Agreement”;

(d)in column 1, for “Section 17 Agreement provider” substitute “Section 17C Agreement provider”; and

(e)insert the following new definitions at the appropriate places—

contracting-out requirementsthe requirements set out in sections 13 to 24 of the 1993 Act
GMS practice
(a)

a medical practitioner who belongs in group D in regulation 27(1);

(b)

two or more individuals practising in partnership;

(c)

a company limited by shares, with whom a Health Board has entered into a GMS contract

GOS contracta contract under section 26 of the 1978 Act(3) for the provision of the services referred to in paragraph 14 of Schedule 1 to the National Health Service (General Ophthalmic Services) (Scotland) Regulations 2006(4)
ophthalmic providersee regulation 152(9)

JOHN SWINNEY

A member of the Scottish Government

St Andrew’s House,

Edinburgh

4th February 2016

We consent

DAVID EVENNETT

MEL STRIDE

Two of the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty’s Treasury

10th February 2016

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations amend the National Health Service Pension Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2015. Regulations 4, 5 and 15 include provision inserting new employee contributions tables which reflect the NHS pay uplift from 1st April 2015 and making consequential changes. Otherwise, these Regulations are concerned with correcting errors in, and otherwise clarifying, the 2015 Regulations.

(3)

Section 26 was amended by the Health and Social Security Act 1984 (c.48), Schedule 1, Part II, paragraph 1, the Health and Medicines Act 1988 (c.49), section 13(4) and the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 (asp 13), sections 13(2) and 19.

(4)

S.S.I. 2006/135; relevant amending instruments are S.S.I. 2007/193, S.S.I. 2010/86 and S.S.I. 2013/355.

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