The Employment Tribunal on judges’ pensions has been reported as a victory. But who wins? Andy Fittes, PFEW General Secretary, said today: “The ET ruling was on a narrow part of pension legislation, and ruled against a provision that unions across the public sector had fought for. The PFEW believes that the success of this challenge could have unintended consequences to the detriment of public sector workers.”
An online discussion forum by PFEW took place on 24 October at 7pm. The topic was police pensions, hosted by General Secretary Andy Fittes using a program called Ustream (Watch the Replay).
The Government is about to change the way state pensions are made up. Every pension is assessed individually, so the following should only be used as a simplified summary.
As some members may be aware a group of officers have entered into an arrangement with a law firm to represent them to challenge the Government over the changes to police officer pensions.
Throughout the pension reform process PFEW has listened to the views and concerns of members and the Pension Challenge group, and we have taken advice from our lawyers and from leading counsel about the legality of the Government’s changes. We have recently taken further advice from leading counsel as to whether the position has changed or is affected by the publication of the Police Pensions Regulations 2015.
This affects members who have accrued pension rights relating to other employments before joining the police.
Police Pensions Transfers-in of Service and Transitional Protection.
Download a sneak peek on an article from our August / September Federation magazine on Pensions.
Officers in the new 2015 police pension scheme will still be able to retire from the service aged 55 after the government dropped proposals to increase the minimum pension age, which would have seen them unable to claim their pension until they hit 57.
Please find attached a letter from the Policing Minister in respect of the increase to pension contributions with effect from 1 April 2014.