Professional association alliance submits response on changes to pensions tax relief

HCSA has united with around a dozen major organisations representing over 230,000 members to deliver its response on government proposals that would end tax relief.

The detailed paper has been submitted on behalf of HCSA, the Association of Principal Fire Officers, the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents, the British Airline Pilots’ Association, the British Dental Association, the British Medical Association, the Chief Police Officers’ Staff Association, the FDA, Managers in Partnership, the National Association of Head Teachers, the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, and the Police Superintendents’ Association of Northern Ireland.

It urges the government to consider the impact of detrimental changes to tax relief and other conditions affecting senior public professionals.

In a Telegraph article, HCSA General Secretary Eddie Saville set out the association’s concerns.

He said: “Any changes that seek to water down existing pension scheme arrangements for doctors are unacceptable and completely unnecessary.

“Doctors are now expected to work longer, pay more in contributions and will receive less than originally expected in retirement.

“Proposals to create a tax regime that will hit the pensions of hard working doctors will simply see their morale spiral downwards.”

A PDF version of the combined response to the government’s Green Paper is available for download.