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DCLG 'JUSTIFIED' IN SCRAPPING RULE

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Unison has failed in its bid to get the government's scrapping of the 'rule of 85' overturned....
Unison has failed in its bid to get the government's scrapping of the 'rule of 85' overturned.

At a judicial review, the Department for Communities & Local Government was found to have been justified in removing the rule - which allowed staff whose combined age and length of service added up to 85 to retire at 60 on an unreduced pension - and limiting protection to 2016.

Unison had sought the review as the DCLG had cited new age discrimination regulations as the reason for scrapping the rule. However, the judge ruled that cost implications also played a part in the decision and that the department had opted for protection provisions 'which better fitted the economic considerations' and that these were justified.

Unison pledged to continue to fight against any increase in staff contributions in the new-look local government pension scheme.
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