Aberdeenshire UNISON

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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