Following recommendations made in the Hutton report, the government introduced new Career Average Pensions to Public Sector Workers to replace the Final Salary Schemes with some members given protections within their final salary pension schemes on the transfer to the Career Average Scheme. This was challenged by the judges and firefighters union, who were eventually successful in their case against the government when their transitional arrangements for public sector pensions were ruled discriminatory by the Court of Appeal last December.
Since then, the government has also lost their leave to appeal the decision. The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss, made a written statement to the House of Commons on 15 July regarding all public sector pensions:
“The courts have considered cases regarding the implementation of the 2015 reforms. On 27 June 2019 the Supreme Court denied the government permission to appeal the Court of Appeal’s judgment that transitional provisions introduced to the reformed judges and firefighters pension schemes in 2015 gave rise to unlawful age discrimination. The government respects the Court’s decision and will engage fully with the Employment Tribunal to agree how the discrimination will be remedied.”
The full Written Ministerial Statement can be read here. As this has been referred back to the original Employment Tribunal, there could be a considerable time delay before a decision is made.
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