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NHS Pension, should i join?
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mrsb74
Old 21-01-2012, 9:54 AM
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Default NHS Pension, should i join?

Hi everyone,
I am due to start a new job in a couple of months working for the NHS, i have had a book come through the post today about the NHS pension scheme, i have had a look but it still does not make sense!!
What i can gather is that i will be opted in and pay 5% of my wages into it each month. I dont currently have any pension schemes in place and i dont own any property.
I am looking to stay working for the NHS and i am just looking for a bit of advice, do i stay at the 5%, or maybe put in a bit more and is the scheme worth paying into to? I am 31 and have nothing in place at the moment.
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Old 21-01-2012, 10:00 AM
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You would be very foolish not to join the NHS pension scheme. At the moment it's a final salary scheme so your pension is calculated on number of years service and your final salary. It is guaranteed and no investment risk to you. There are changes being proposed to all the public sector schemes which will see it change to a career average scheme but this is still way better than any alternative.

The only way to pay more into the scheme is to buy Additional pension. This may be a good idea or you may be better using a S&S ISA. This very much depends on your current/ future tax status.

Meanwhile join ASAP!
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Old 21-01-2012, 10:05 AM
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As above, silly not to join. I work in the private sector and would bite your hand off for such good provision. Good luck in your new job!
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Old 21-01-2012, 10:13 AM
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Thanks for your replys, yes i will join for sure, no doubt when i do i should get some sort of forecast for the future? This might sound a silly question but when you retire do you automaticly get your state pension plus money from your private pension? I really am new to this pension stuff lol.
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Thanks for your replys, yes i will join for sure, no doubt when i do i should get some sort of forecast for the future?
You normally get a statement annually. It's pretty easy to work out though with a final salary pension. You take your salary, divide by 60 and multiply by years of service.


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This might sound a silly question but when you retire do you automaticly get your state pension plus money from your private pension? I really am new to this pension stuff lol.
Yes you would get your state pension plus NHS pension.
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Old 21-01-2012, 10:46 AM
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Bite their hand off.
Trying to play by the rules.
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Old 21-01-2012, 11:04 AM
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Well, mrsb74. Join it as soon as possible and be glad that there is something you do not have to worry about like investment risks. However, I do wish to mention that it might be worthwhile to look at other avenues at retirement savings. jem16 mentioned S&S ISA which is good but thinking about saving into personal pension scheme might be worthwhile if only to have option on when to start your pension. For example, NHS pension scheme may have higher retirement age and this could be good way to bridge the gap as it is. But then, S&S ISA and personal savings could do the job as well.

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Well, mrsb74. jem16 mentioned S&S ISA which is good but thinking about saving into personal pension scheme might be worthwhile if only to have option on when to start your pension.
Main reason I mentioned S&S ISA for extra provision was that it is more flexible than the pension and would be more suitable for a basic rate taxpayer as there is no great tax advantage as she would be a taxpayer in retirement. It would certainly work for bridging the gap as you can withdraw what you like unlike with the pension.

If higher rate taxpayer, additional pension is definitely the way to go.
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Old 21-01-2012, 11:25 AM
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You normally get a statement annually.
Not in the NHS scheme.
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Not in the NHS scheme.
Do you get statements at all then?
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Old 21-01-2012, 12:01 PM
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Do you get statements at all then?
In five years in the scheme I have never had one.
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In five years in the scheme I have never had one.
Seems pretty poor then. With my Teachers' pension I receive an annual statement.

At least it allows you to see if their pension record with regards years of service agrees with yours.
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I have been with the NHS pension for almost 8 years and I had a statement not long ago. There is a "newer" style pension where I think the age has gone up to 65 and they were trying to persuade us "oldies" to change over. I'm sure I have have had more than one statement in the past. I don't know whether the statement was done centrally or our Trust's finance people. It had the forecast etc in there. Although the government are trying to mess with the pension I think it's still going to be one of the best
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Old 21-01-2012, 12:51 PM
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Seems pretty poor then. With my Teachers' pension I receive an annual statement.

At least it allows you to see if their pension record with regards years of service agrees with yours.
I've got the feeling that you get pensionable service shown on your P60
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Old 21-01-2012, 2:53 PM
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thanks for all of your comments, yes it is the new style pension i will be in, in my book it says the age is 65, i will join it, just wanted to hear some more views as you always see on the news people moaning about the pensions, my mother in law is ex nhs and she said not to do it but i will, thanks
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I have 18 years in the NHS scheme and never had a statement, neither has my wife with similar service. I think there is one sent out once we get into our early 50's as a friend with equal service to me got one recently. We can request one at any time.
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Old 21-01-2012, 2:59 PM
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Yes, join it ASAP.

As for extra contribs, you mention you don't own a home at the moment. Are you planning to? Do you have 6 months in spending saved in cash (preferably ISAs)? If you want a house, and you don't have emergency savings I would address these things before you add more to your already very good pension.
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As others have said 'bite their hand off', I would be really really struggling without my NHS pension I am so glad that I joined .
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my mother in law is ex nhs and she said not to do it
Out of interest did your mother-in-law say why she thought you shouldn't join?
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Out of interest did your mother-in-law say why she thought you shouldn't join?
Yeah, bearing in mind that it would be one of the worst financial decision you could ever made.

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