Pensions

PCS is campaigning for pensions justice for our members who have been overpaying for their pensions since 2019.

Since 2015, there have been 2 important developments which directly affect civil service pensions. In 2018, the first scheme valuation confirmed the PCS view that the future cost of the scheme had been exaggerated for political reasons. Soon after the government lost its case at the Court of Appeal which found unlawful age discrimination in the way the 2015 changes were introduced.

Since then, PCS has campaigned for the implementation of the 2% reduction in employee contribution rates recommended by the scheme board, but the government has announced that it is treating the cost of the remedy arising from the court case, referred to as the McCloud judgement, as employee cost. PCS believes that this could effectively cancel the cut to the employee contribution and along with other unions is taking legal action.

In December 2021, the government quietly changed the outcome of the 2016 pension scheme valuations, which means it is making scheme members pay for the shambles it has made of their pensions.

The contribution the government is asking members to make to their pension will wipe out the 2% overpayments they are still owed from the government and have been owed since 2019. So far from rectifying the situation, ministers have made it much worse.

This latest development caused anger across the public sector unions and an application for a judicial review has been made jointly with GMB, FBU, POA and Royal College of Nursing.

Taking the fight to the government

It is obvious that this government has no intention of giving members the pension justice they deserve. We understand our members are angry and we want to use their strength of feeling as we take the fight to the government.

We need as many people as possible to get involved with the national consultative ballot on pay and pensions, which runs from 14 February to 21 March. This is a vital opportunity for PCS to assess readiness for a possible statutory ballot later in the year. It’s also a great chance for members to tell us how they want to get involved and what they are willing to do to help. We’re asking all members to make sure their contact details are up to date by logging into PCS Digital - so we can reach as many of you as possible during the campaign.  

Tens of thousands of members have already used our pensions robbery calculator, which sets out in stark detail just how much they are losing out. 

If you want to know more about pensions, read our web story that sets out the basics and explains what PCS is doing to right this wrong.

Read our pensions FAQ.