The Government is currently consulting on plans to allow universities and colleges in England to opt out of offering the local government pension scheme (LGPS) to new non-teaching staff. The proposal would:
- Create a two-tier workforce with new starters offered inferior pensions;
- Disproportionately affect women and the lower paid;
- Threaten the future sustainability of the whole scheme.
This attack on pension rights is the thin end of the wedge – if these proposals are enacted, the Government won’t stop there. It is vital that we take action.
UNISON has set up a campaign website which explains more about the situation and encourages branches and members to take a range of actions. Please use the following links:
Find out more about the issue – and share our film
Take action: Email your MP to defend the LGPS
Are you in the LGPS? Respond to the government consultation
Please note that the consultation closes at 11:45pm on 31 July 2019.