Have your say on public sector pension remedy

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) will host a series of webinars to allow members to share their views on the government’s plans to remedy the age discrimination identified in NHS and other public service pension schemes.

The RCN will host a series of webinars in early September which it says will allow members to share their views on the proposals and ask questions. A spokesman for the RCN said the feedback will help inform its response to the consultation, which closes on October 11.

This comes after the government announced plans to run a consultation seeking views on its proposals to remedy the age discrimination that arose from transitional provisions put in place as part of the 2015 reforms to public service pension schemes.

The consultation affects members who were previously in the 1995/2008 NHS pension schemes and who were subject to tapering protection or no protection when the new NHS pension scheme came into force on 1 April 2015.

Chair of the RCN Trade Union Committee, Graham Revie said: ‘We know how important pensions are to members and it’s crucial that those who are affected have their say on this issue.

‘Making sure that members have access to good quality, stable and sustainable pensions is a priority for the RCN and the Trade Union Committee, and we will ensure that members’ views are represented in our response to these proposals.’

The consultation follows a landmark court ruling in two legal cases concerning public sector pension schemes for judges and firefighters. In December 2018, the Court of Appeal ruled that members of both pension schemes had been discriminated against on the grounds of age.

As a result of the ruling, the government is looking to remedy the situation for those affected by the 2015 reforms in all public sector pension schemes including the NHS, civil service, local government, teachers, police and armed forces.

You can find more information about the consultation and proposals in the RCN’s member briefing.

For information about the webinars, click here.

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