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Pension schemes: Changes to public sector pensions announced – what it means for you

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The new schemes, introduced in 2015, ended up being based on career average earnings, rather than final salaries linked to state pension ages.

In an attempt to ensure a smooth transition, the Government introduced transitional protection arrangements, which attempted to enable those who were close to retirement to remain in their existing schemes until their retirement or for a set amount of time.

The rules on this were based on people’s date of birth and eventually, two employment tribunal cases were levied against the Government over age discrimination in relation to the transitional protection rules.

While both cases were appealed, the Court of Appeal eventually ruled that the transitional protections gave rise to unlawful discrimination.

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