Salisbury Foundation Trust


Internal Reference Number: FOI_5269

Date Request Received: 03/09/2019 08:53:46

Date Request Replied To: 26/09/2019 13:27:48

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Request Summary: Pension tax relief

Request Category: Companies

Question Number 1:
I am writing to request information relating to the pension tax relief issue that is currently impacting a significant number of NHS employees across the country. I would be grateful if you could respond to the following questions.

Whether your organisation has a policy of offering payment equivalent to the employer pension fund contributions to employees who opt out of the scheme? And if so:
a) when was this policy adopted?
b) is this option offered to all employees by default, or is it considered on a case by case basis following requests?
c) how many employees have taken advantage of this policy since its adoption?
d) what was the total value of payments made until the end of July 2019?
Answer To Question 1:
The Trust doesn't operate this policy
Question Number 2:
Whether your organisation has made an assessment of the number of employees who are likely breach the annual allowance? If so, what assessment was made?
Answer To Question 2:
Assessment made on 95 scheme membership only
Question Number 3:
How many employees have left employment as a result of pension taxation issues?
Answer To Question 3:
Question Number 4:
How many employees have applied to reduce their working hours as a result of pension taxation issues? And how many such applications were successful?
Answer To Question 4:
This information is not held
Question Number 5:
Whether an internal briefing or assessment on the impact of changes to pension taxation has been provided? If so, could a copy of that document be provided?
Answer To Question 5:
The Trust held a seminar undertaken by external advisors to which all potentially affected staff were invited to attend. All documentation belonged to the external advisors.
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