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In England, performers who turned 55 before 1 April 2011 could claim seniority payments.

If you turned 55 after this date or did not claim within 3 months of turning 55, you are not able to claim seniority payments.

In Wales, performers who turned 55 can apply for seniority payments from the Welsh Government. Applications must be sent to NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (NWSSP).

Seniority payments are paid at 21.72% of the performer’s Net Pensionable Earnings (NPE) or Net Pensionable Earnings Equivalent (NPEE). Seniority payments are taxable and fully pensionable.

Performers working in both England and Wales are only entitled to seniority payments based on their earnings in Wales.

Seniority payments will stop when the performer:

  • ceases to practice
  • retires (including 24-hour retirement)
  • is removed from the performer list
  • dies

Read the full Statement of Financial Entitlements.