CSCS ruling explained

CSCS judicial review victory explained

The High Court has ruled that it was unlawful for the previous Tory government to exclude PCS from talks over detrimental changes to the Civil Service Compensation Scheme.

Having established the government’s actions to exclude were unlawful, the court subsequently ruled on an appropriate remedy, which determined whether the current regulations would stand or be quashed.

What does it mean?

Judges ruled that the scheme, imposed on 8 November, 2016, would be quashed with immediate effect and reinstated more generous redundancy terms.

I work in the civil service, how does the ruling affect me?

Redundancy terms for staff facing redundancy after 8 November were slashed by 30% to a maximum of £95,000. As a result of the PCS victory in the High Court, the 2016 redundancy terms have been quashed, leaving the more beneficial 2010 terms in place. Those terms will apply to present and past redundancy situations, meaning more money for any civil servant who has lost, or is unfortunate enough to lose, their job.

What happens next?

The court has refused the government leave to appeal, stating that any appeal would not have real prospects of success. However the government may try to overturn that ruling in the Court of Appeal. They may also decide to open consultation on a new redundancy scheme. However, while we will always be willing to negotiate, we will continue to oppose arbitrary cuts to civil service redundancy payments; and this time we cannot be excluded from negotiations.

I was made redundant after on or after 8 November, what happens to me?

If you have been made redundant since November 2016, you will receive improved redundancy terms.

I am facing the threat of redundancy, what happens to me?

You may also benefit from improved terms.

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Updated 7 August 2017

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