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PENSIONS APPEAL RULING COULD COST COUNCILS MILLIONS

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A house of lords judicial committee will rule today on a pensions appeal which could lead to councils having to pay...
A house of lords judicial committee will rule today on a pensions appeal which could lead to councils having to pay out millions more in pensions, reports The Financial Times (p8).

The issue is over how far back part-time workers, denied access to an occupational pension scheme because of their sex, can claim benefits owed to them. Under the UK's Equal Pay Act, the time limit is two years, but the European court of justice has already ruled that this is unlawful.

Theoretically therefore, claimants could claim back to 1976 (the time of a test case on equal treatment) if the Lords support an appeal against the Equal Pay Act rule. Around 60,000 workers in health, banking and local authorities have already lodged claims against their exclusion from schemes.
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