(20/07/12) Members covered by Local Government Pension Scheme in England and Wales are being urged to vote yes to a new LGPS 2014 scheme when they are balloted this month.
In all around 660,000 members in five UNISON service groups will be covered by the ballot, including:
580,000 members in local government;
40,000 in police and justice;
19,000 in higher education;
17,000 in community;
6,000 in the water, environment and transport service group.
The local government, police and justice, community and WET service groups are all recommending that members vote ‘yes’ in the ballot. The higher education service group is recommending that members vote ‘no’.
Heather Wakefield, national secretary for local government and police and justice, who led the negotiations for UNISON says: “After months of talks, led by UNISON, we now want you to have your say on the proposals for the new Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS 2014).
“UNISON is recommending that members vote yes in the ballot, because we believe that these proposals give most LGPS members – and especially women and low paid workers, who are the majority of members – a better pension deal.
“It is vital that members make their voice heard.
“Please tell your members to look out for their ballot paper which is being sent direct to the home addresses of all UNISON members who are in the LGPS or eligible to join.”
The LGPS Scrutiny Group has decided on a joint ballot. It will run from 31 July to 24 August, and members can vote by post or online.
In Scotland, pensions are a devolved matter for the Scottish government and the Scottish LGPS is a separate scheme, with no clear proposals to change it. The LGPS in Northern Ireland is covered by different regulations and proposals are still under discussion.