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    • saucer
    • By saucer 5th Mar 18, 2:05 PM
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    NHS Pension: Treatment of 'protected pay'
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    • 5th Mar 18, 2:05 PM
    NHS Pension: Treatment of 'protected pay' 5th Mar 18 at 2:05 PM

    Hi all,
    I am trying to get my head around how 'pay protection' works in the NHS pension. Basically it is quite likely that I will soon have a reduction on my pensionable pay which I understand will entitle me to apply for pay protection. This in turn should allow my pension, when I retire, which I should add is up 10 years away, to take my current salary into consideration for the Final Salary calculation. What I cannot get my head around is what they mean when talking about Cost of Living (inflation) increases. This is the text from the NHS pension fact sheet:

    ' If a member has one period of pay protection when they retire, two pensions will be calculated. A pension based on the protected rate of pay* plus cost of living increases for membership up to the date of protection, and a second pension for membership after that date which will be calculated on their pay* at retirement.
    If by retirement the protected pay plus cost of living increases is not more beneficial, then the whole of their 1995/2008 Scheme pension benefits will be calculated using pay* at retirement. '

    I am trying to understand how cost of living up to date of protection would work. Does that mean that the salary after protection i.e. between now and retirement, would not account for inflation? I have rung NHS pensions and they don't seem to be able to help! I think it must mean the protected pay is increased between the point of protection until retirement. Any thoughts? Thank you again for you help :-)

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