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Document Can I get a refund of my Additional Pension contributions?

You are unable to claim a refund of just your Additional Pension contributions.

If you meet the criteria to claim a refund of all your pension contributions, the Additional Pension contributions will be included if you decide to claim a refund of all your contributions. More details on refunds can be found in the related article Am I entitled to a refund of my NHS pension contributions?

If you do not meet the criteria to claim a refund of all your pension contributions you are unable to claim a refund of your Additional Pension contributions. If you choose to stop your Additional Pension election, opt out or leave NHS employment you will be credited with the proportion of Additional Pension that you have paid for.

The only exception to this is if you stop paying instalments within the first 12 months of exercising your option to make an election because you pass away or retire on ill health grounds. In these cases your agreement would be cancelled and any additional contributions returned. This provision equally applies to lump sum purchases and purchases made by your employer not just payments made via instalments.

A member is treated as exercising an option on the date the employer receives the application. If an employer is purchasing Additional Pension on behalf of the member, it is treated as exercising an option on the date the NHS Pensions receives the application.

For further information on Additional Pension, please see our website.

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