- Consultation to address unlawful discrimination of the 2015 public service pension scheme reforms
- What is the background to HM Treasury’s consultation on the changes to the transitional arrangements for the central government public sector 2015 schemes?
- What are the details of the proposed options outlined in the consultation to remove discrimination under the transitional arrangements, and for also future pension provision?
- What types of member are covered by these proposals? What are the remedies being proposed for the differing member types eg including those with tapered protection?
- How do the proposed reforms interact with the ongoing employment tribunal proceedings? Are there any conflicts that may need to be resolved as a result?
- Are there any tax implications under the proposals arising from the removal of the discrimination? How will these be tackled?
- What are the key problems for scheme administrators resulting from the proposals? How will these need to be dealt with?
- What is the proposed timetable for implementation of the changes (ie remedy period) and what are the next steps? Are there any outstanding issues remaining that should also be tackled now?
Pensions analysis: The Court of Appeal found that transitional protection in 2015 public service pension scheme reforms gave rise to unlawful discrimination. Michael Hayles, partner at Burges Salmon LLP, discusses the government’s proposal to remedy this injustice.
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