Compensation Scheme - Judicial Review 2017

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The Government recently lost a Judicial Review against the changes made to the Civil Service Compensation Scheme on 9 November 2016.

Although the Court rejected the challenge to the substance of the reforms, it found against the Government on process. It found that the Government had not fully met its obligation to consult with a view to reaching agreement on changes to the compensation scheme.

This could potentially mean that compensation payments that were made after that date on 2016 terms may need to be recalculated on the old 2010 terms. However, it is too early to say whether this will definitely happen.

The Government is appealing the Court’s decision and has asked for the judgement to be put on hold while the appeal is considered

This means it’s not clear yet exactly what the judgment means for people who have left with an exit payment under the 2016 terms.

Once we do know these details will be published on the civil service pensions website.

If it turns out you are directly affected and we need to recalculate any exit payment terms, we will work with your former employer and we will contact you directly in due course.

If you have a detailed query about what this might mean for you, please e-mail our dedicated mailbox We will keep a record of this and will answer once detailed information is available.