How to respond to public sector pensions consultation

24 Sep 2020

As the 11 October deadline approaches to respond to the government’s public consultation on changes to public sector pension schemes we are encouraging PCS members and branches to submit their comments.

The consultation is in advance of new legislation to amend the rules of pension schemes in the public services and published the consultation document public service pension schemes: changes to the transitional arrangements to the 2015 schemes. 

Many thousands of PCS members are potentially affected by this change, so it is important to read the Q&As on the PCS website which are being regularly updated. Please also download and read the latest branch briefing about how to respond to the consultation.

The consultation document sets out the government proposals to remove the age discrimination found by the Court of Appeal in rulings on the McCloud and Sargent cases by:

  1. Closing the legacy pension schemes so that all active scheme members will be accruing pension under the same rules from 1 April 2022; and
  2. Giving members in the ‘Remedy’ group the choice between having their service and pensionable pay during the ‘Remedy’ period from 1 April, 2015 to 31 March, 2022 calculated either under their legacy pension rules or under Alpha rules.

Consultation questions and model letter

There are twenty four questions embedded in the consultation document. There is no requirement to address these in making a response. They are quite technical and not all apply to the Civil Service Pension Scheme but we have produced a model letter help branches and members.

We will continue to engage with Civil Service Pensions via the scheme advisory board to influence preparations and processes for the application of the remedy and will make a formal response to the consultation which closes at midnight on 11 October.

Branches and members are encouraged to contribute views both directly to the address given in the consultation document and via campaigns@pcs.org.uk

Responses can be emailed to: PensionsRemedyProjectConsultation@hmtreasury.gov.uk

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