In 2015 the government introduced reforms to public service pensions. Most public sector workers were moved into a new pension scheme called ‘alpha.’
In 2018, the Court of Appeal found that some of the rules put in place back in 2015 to protect older workers by allowing them to remain in their original scheme, were discriminatory on the basis of age.
As a result, steps are being taken to remedy those 2015 reforms, making the scheme fair to all affected members. The majority of active members will start seeing changes in their pensions from April 2022.
Over the coming months, we’ll be sharing more information and guidance to help you understand if you’re affected and what this may mean for your pension but for now, there’s no action you need to take.