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NHS Pension discrimination test cases

Last week the Supreme Court rejected a Government appeal against a High Court ruling which found 2015 pension reforms discriminated on the grounds of age, race and equal pay. Today, GPonline reports that GPs have begun age discrimination claims against the government in a series of test backed claims by the BMA. It will be interesting to see how this plays out but in the meantime the pension tax issue remains and we can't envisage radical changes in the near future.

There is a lot of miss-information regarding the NHS Pension Scheme in circulation, colleagues taking 'gin and tonic' advice from their peers and a growing reliance on tax calculators which could result in healthcare professionals making financially detrimental decisions! We have a number of examples and can't stress enough that you need to ensure your data is accurate and that pension tax should not be considered in isolation.

It was our firm, a number of years ago that initially highlighted the catalogue of errors being made by the NHS Pension Agency when issuing statements. We continue to spot a catalogue of errors with NHS Pension Agency data.  If you put garbage into these calculators = garbage out! 

We work nationally with over 1,200 NHS Professionals and have a unique NHS Pension Management Service to ensure BW Medical Accountancy clients have accurate details regarding their NHS pension and a forecast with regards to the Annual Allowance and Lifetime Allowance Limits so they can make informed financial decisions and plan accordingly. We've been delivering this service for a number of years as we highlighted the issue







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  • Very smooth changeover to BW, with good communication at all times. Very efficient in the production of the accounts (as promised) and the Partners are delighted with the advice received to date.

    Practice Manager
  • BW Medical Accountants have a good working knowledge of General Practice and are keenly aware of the challenges Practices face within the changing environment of the NHS.  Benfield Park have been very impressed by the way BW Medical continue to deliver the range of services they provide from Accounts to Tax and NHS Pension advice. 

    We have found Practice consultation and engagement from BW Medical specifically helpful to shape the future of the Practice.

    Senior Partner
    Benfield Park Medical Group, Newcastle
  • We had no hesitation in moving to BW Medical Accountants.  For any business your accountant is integral, and for us one of the most important factors to this relationship is to have a personal and trusting approach, which BW have undoubtedly achieved. 

    The service we receive and the interest they show in our practice assures us that they have a genuine interest in us and commitment to us.  More importantly they are always helpful and polite to answer even the dumbest of questions!  They give us confidence and reassurance knowing that they are always very up-to-date with all the numerous changes within general practice and we would have no hesitation in recommending them to other practices seeking a professional and personal accountancy service.

    Jackie Rotherham, Practice Manager
    The James Street Family Practice, Lincolnshire
  • We moved to BW Medical Accountants in 2013 and we are delighted that we have.  Having been in the same business for over 20 years it is important to have a relationship with the accountancy team but most importantly you need to have trust.  We made the decision to move our business to BW Medical Accountants and having worked with the Team especially Tina we are very satisfied.  Tina going through the accounts brought to our attention many things that I was not aware of in the past.  The first years' experience can only be described as excellent.

    Customer service is first and foremost with BW and this shines through as each and every one of them are approachable, helpful and most importantly understand and know the business.  General practice is complex and is going to get more complex in the coming years.  We need Accountants who truly understand our business. We as a practice and as individuals would certainly recommend BW Medical Accountants.

    Gloria Middleton, Managing Partner
    Westbourne Medical Group, Sunderland
  • We changed to BW Medical Accountants and I would say we have just had the most transparent and understandable end of year meeting and the best planning advice I have ever had in 16 years of practice.

    GP Partner

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