Pension Scheme ruled discriminatory

The NASUWT has lodged a pre-action letter with the Westminster Government over teachers’ pensions, following a legal judgment that found that the main public sector pension schemes are discriminatory on the grounds of age towards some of their members.

The judgment, made by the Court of Appeal, ruled that Westminster Government changes to the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme made in 2015 discriminated against younger workers. The changes enabled older scheme members to remain in their existing scheme, but younger members had to transfer to a new scheme which had less favourable benefits. The Westminster Government has accepted that the judgment applies to all the main public service pension schemes, including the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, and will apply across the UK.

The NASUWT’s pre-action letter reserves the Union’s right to take claims to an employment tribunal on behalf of members whose arrangements were protected when the changes were originally made in 2015. The NASUWT will keep members updated on its negotiations with the Westminster Government over new changes needed to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme to address the discrimination, and will be working to ensure that there are no reductions in the benefits accrued or being received by anyone who has retired.

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