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  NHAIS STANDARD COMMUNICATION
           Transmission Sheet
To: Key Users and GP Payments                                       From: Will Pyne
       Managers
Issue Date: 28th October 2009

Number of pages, including this one: 2


Subject: Reminder from NHS Pensions Agency
The NHS Pensions Agency have requested again this year that NHS CfH circulate reminders to
all Agencies on their behalf, requesting prompt completion of Pension Member Annual record
Updates.

The reminder notification is copied to the second page of this two page Fax.

Please direct any queries concerning the contents of the reminder to the E-Mail address:-

datacleanse@nhspa.gov.uk

       -   (as per instruction overleaf).

Queries concerning the receipt and/or opening of this Fax should be directed to the NHS CfH
national Help Desk as normal.




FILE REF: q:\vmt\pdm\NonSDS-fax\2009\Pensadv2.doc

    If you have a problem receiving this communication, please view the details on the SSD Web Site –
   www.connectingforhealth.nhs.uk/systemsandservices/ssd. Any questions regarding the content of this
       communication, initially, should be referred to the National Help Desk on the above number.
Pension Member Annual Record Updates
This notice is to advise all employers and payroll agencies that if you have not yet submitted
your annual year-end returns up to and including 31 March 2008 (this includes any leavers
during this tax year where a leaver notification is outstanding) then please arrange to do so by
the 31st December 2009.

From analysis carried out by NHS Pensions records are currently only 86% updated to 31st
March 2008.

You will appreciate that the Pension Division must exercise care over the Scheme
Accounts/Records and we are obliged to seek closure to the above year-end pension returns,
which are long overdue. This data is required for reports to the National Audit Office and the
Department of Health to demonstrate accuracy of members’ records and your co-operation is
sought to achieve this.

NHS Pensions have previously notified employers of the legal obligation to ensure pension
returns are sent within the prescribed timeframe. This is outlined below but can be viewed
within the NHS Pension Scheme Regulations.

Legal Requirement

The NHS Pension Scheme Regulations 1995 outline the legal requirements for all Employing
Authorities to ensure that year-end returns are sent. The statutory requirements for Employing
Authorities host Trusts or Board is-

      • For Practitioners and non GP Providers
Within 1 month of the end of the financial year immediately following the financial year, to which
it relates – i.e. for year-end returns ending 31 March 2008, returns should be supplied by 30
April 2009.

    • All other members
Within 2 calendar months of the financial year-end – i.e. for-year end returns ending 31 March
2009, returns should be supplied by 30 May 2009


Penalties for Failure to Comply
Failure to provide year-end returns is a breach of law and the Pension Division has a legal duty
under the Pension Act to report any breaches of law to the Pensions Regulator. If any individual
is found guilty of a breach of law they may be subject to a heavy fine.

Enquiries
In the event of any queries can you please contact?

       datacleanse@nhspa.gov.uk

As stated previously your co-operation in this matter would be greatly appreciated.




FILE REF: q:\vmt\pdm\NonSDS-fax\2009\Pensadv2.doc

    If you have a problem receiving this communication, please view the details on the SSD Web Site –
   www.connectingforhealth.nhs.uk/systemsandservices/ssd. Any questions regarding the content of this
       communication, initially, should be referred to the National Help Desk on the above number.

				
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