Pensions’ claim update – end of 2019

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From the first remedy hearing for both Judges and Police officers to how this will affect teachers, the pensions claims are progressing and we thought it would be useful to update you on the key developments in each claim.

Back view of a metropolitan police officer.

Police Pensions Claim

The first remedy hearing regarding the Police Pensions claims was held on 28 October 2019.

We are pleased to confirm the outcome of this hearing is that police officers who have brought claims are entitled to be treated exactly the same as their older colleagues and the Government accepts that the less favourable treatment was unlawful. This means that police officers are to be treated as though they had remained on the Final Salary pension scheme.

This remedy is only available to the Police Officers who brought claims in the Employment Tribunal. Police Officers that have not brought claims have not been provided with any remedy.

British judges wearing traditional ceremonial wigs and robes in a procession at Westminster, London

Judges’ Pensions Claim – “The McCloud Case”

The Judges’ first remedy hearing was held on 7 October 2019. The outcome of this hearing was that the majority of Judges that brought claims are to be treated exactly the same as their older colleagues. Like the Police Officers, these Judges will be treated as though they had remained on the Final Salary pension scheme.

We can confirm again that this remedy is only available to the Judges that have made claims in the Employment Tribunal. The Judges that have not brought claims have been offered no remedy.

Interim Orders were made in these claims whilst other issues are resolved. For example, we will be seeking awards for injury to feelings and other potential losses. The final Order to remedy the claims in full may therefore differ slightly but we have no reason to believe the position will change substantially. We will be in touch with further updates on the outcomes of these cases in due course.

Students in class raising their hands to ask questions to a teacher

Teachers’ Pension Claim – Statements Concerning Remedy

We are aware that statements have been made by some bodies to the effect that all teachers will be compensated for the loss arising from the discriminatory changes to their pensions, even those who have not brought claims. As stated above, this is not what has happened in the Police or Judges’ claims. Only those individuals who have brought claims have been offered a remedy.

Currently, the only way for teachers to ensure they are compensated for their losses arising from the discriminatory changes made to the Teachers’ Pensions Scheme in 2015, is to bring a successful claim in the Employment Tribunal.

Contact us via email at pensions@leighday.co.uk if you would like more information.

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