The ‘firefighter fiasco’: how age discrimination in public pensions affects GP locums

2nd September 2020 by Nigel Farrar

The ‘firefighter fiasco’: how age discrimination in public pensions affects GP locums

Just when you thought your NHS pension scheme couldn’t get much more complicated there are now more pension decisions to make. The Government has confirmed that changes made to firefighters’ pension in 2015 were age-discriminatory, and they will impact all public sector pensions.

We are now at the point where the government has announced a consultation paper on how they plan to deal with this fiasco. This will have considerable implications for members of the NHS Pensions scheme.

The pension changes are largely impacting those who were in the NHS pension before 31 March 2012 and were transferred on 1 April 2015 or thereafter.

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