An initial consultation was carried out on this issue in 2014 and since then a number of modifications have been made.
The changes now being consulted upon include:
- The minimum earnings threshold for employees who are to be subject to the recovery provisions has been reduced from £100,000 to £80,000;
- The exit payment recovery policy will apply to qualifying returns to any part of the public sector, not just returns to the same part;
- The amount to be recovered will reduce over time for a return at any point up to 12 months from exit; and
- Employer funded pension top ups made under the Local Government Pension Scheme will be included within the sums to be recovered.
The consultation also lists both the types of payments and the public sector organisations that are within the scope of the regulations.