Pensions Update December 2006
Timetable for changes to LGPS
The Scottish Parliament has agreed a timetable for negotiating
the changes to the Local Government Pension scheme and has promised
full consultation with the unions and a ballot of members before
the final scheme is put in place.
Talks will continue between January and April 2007 on the proposed
changes, with consultation planned for May and a ballot in June
2007. This is longer than the timetable in England and Wales and
marks a clear separation between the negotiations in Scotland and
those in the rest of the UK.
Negotiations will consider aspects of the pensions scheme such
as the contribution rates for both the employers and scheme members;
death in service arrangements; ill-health benefits and flexible
arrangements in the run up to retirement. It is anticipated that
in the future, partner pension rights will be extended to cohabitees.
A Pensions Seminar will be held in February 2007 to update branches
and to seek views on the proposals under discussion.
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