Background to Transitional Protection

In June 2019 the Supreme Court refused the Government permission to reverse the Court of Appeal’s December 2018 judgment in the McCloud and Sargeant cases. The judgement found that both the judges’ and firefighters’ pension schemes became unfavourable to some of their members, when the career average arrangement was introduced in 2015. The courts deemed that younger members of the judicial and firefighters’ pension schemes had been discriminated against because the transitional protection applied only to older scheme members.

These regulation changes now need to be rectified on the grounds of age discrimination and applies to all main public service pension schemes, including the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.

The government launched a consultation on the proposals to address the discrimination, which closed on 11 October and has now published the government response (This link opens in a new window). Please read our factsheet on the background to the Transitional Protection. We also have a short myth buster to help you understand the changes.

Last Updated: 13/04/2022 10:26


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