In 2015 the Government introduced reforms to public sector pensions, meaning most public sector workers were moved into new pension schemes in 2015. Most civil servants were moved into the alpha pension scheme.
In December 2018, the Court of Appeal ruled that the ‘transitional protection’ offered to some members of the judges and firefighters schemes, as part of the reforms, amounted to unlawful discrimination. The details of the ruling are available here:
On 15 July 2019 the Government issued a written ministerial statement and confirmed that as ‘transitional protection’ was offered to members of all the main public service pension schemes, the difference in treatment will need to be remedied across all those schemes, including the civil service pension schemes.
A copy of the statement is available via the link below:
At this stage we can’t say what this might mean for your pension, as the courts must agree the next steps, and it may be some time before the position becomes clear. We will provide further information as soon as it becomes available.
Please be assured that the pension you have earned to date is safe.
The Government was undertaking valuations of public service pensions including assessing the cost of schemes against the ‘cost cap’, which could have resulted in automatic changes to employee contributions or benefits.
On 30 January the Government announced a pause to the cost control part of the valuations of public service pension schemes, following the Court of Appeal’s judgment in McCloud and this remains the case.
If you wish to review the written ministerial statement it can be found at: