The First Minister issued a Ministerial Direction on 18 December 2019 to bring NHS Wales in line with NHS England’s solution for 2019/20 to address the operational challenges arising as a consequence of current pension tax arrangements. NHS Pension scheme and pension tax legislation is not devolved to Wales.
The need for a Ministerial Direction arose as the proposed scheme constitutes tax planning and therefore raised an issue of irregularity due toits compatibility with paragraph 5.6.1 of Managing Welsh Public Money. The same issue of regularity was encountered in England.
The Committee scrutinised the Welsh Government’s Permanent Secretary on 3 February 2020 on this procedure and its budget allocation and will monitor the issue during its annual scrutiny of the Welsh Government’s Consolidated Accounts.
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First published: 20/12/2019