Those in receipt of Univeral Credit or other benefits may prefer for the lump sum to be paid in instalments due to the way benefit entitlements are calculated.
The guidance reveals there is the possibility of the payment being spread across the current financial year until 31 March 2024.
Employees are required to make the request to their employer no later than 5 June to ensure payroll deadlines are met.
According to the guidance, “any lump sum or backdated earnings may affect how much Universal Credit received in the month they are paid”.
For everyone else, NHS Employers has confirmed the lump sum will be paid in June’s pay packet.
Those no longer employed by the NHS who are entitled to the lump sum would be unable to have the payments spread.
The guidance reads; “It is recognised that it may be preferable for some individuals to receive the totality of these payments in multiple instalments (i.e. paid across several months), rather than together in a single month’s pay.”
“Employing organisations have the flexibility to pay these additional 2022/23 payments in multiple instalments.
“As part of discussions around the implementation of the pay offer, local employer and staff side partnerships should work together to ensure that staff are aware that this option exists for the 2022/23 payment, and that the process to follow is clearly communicated (including the cut-off date for making a request, and who a request should be made to).”