NHS Business services Authority last week launched a consultation on the second phase of the government’s unpopular proposals to change the NHS Pension Scheme.

The changes are being phased over three years from 2012-13 to 2014-15. The new consultation deals with the proposed increase in staff contributions during the 2013-14 financial year.

Under the latest plans, from 1 April 2013, the contributions of staff earning between £21,176 and £26,557 will increase by 0.3 percentage points, from 6.5% to 6.8% of their salary. Those earning between £26,558 and £48,982 will see contributions increase by 1 percentage point, from 8% to 9% of their salary.

Lower paid staff earning between £15,279 and £21,175 will see contributions rise by 0.3 percentage points, from 5% to 5.3%, and the contributions of higher paid staff earning between £48,983 and £69,931 will rise by 2.4 percentage points from 8.9% to 11.3%.

In real cash value, the increase means nurses who earn above £25,000 a year will pay around an extra £5 a month, while those who earn above £30,000 will pay an extra £20 a month. Those earning above £40,000 will contribute at least an additional £27 a month.

Unions have criticised the changes to the NHS Pension Scheme, which are being introduced while staff also face a two year pay freeze and attacks on their terms and conditions. Despite widespread anger and industrial action, unions were unable to force the government to change its policy.

The pension increases follow the government’s announcement in 2010 that it wanted to raise £2.8bn from public sector pensions by 2015.

The consultation is open to responses until 12 February 2013 via the NHS Business Services Authority website. The NHS Pension Scheme currently has around 1.3 million members.

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