FAIR DEAL


What is Fair Deal?

Fair Deal is currently a mechanism introduced by the last Labour Government to provide pensions protection for public service employees whose job has been transferred out of parts of local and central government (including the NHS) to a new employer under TUPE – the relevant transfer regulations.

NEGOTIATIONS ON THE LGPS BEGIN IN EARNEST

(Pensions Update 12)

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Do you know any young (under 27) members?

If so please see below the East Midlands Young Members up-date. This includes details of the Young Members Weekend in Leeds, 11-13 May. We can send 10 delegates from this region. 

If you will be under 27 years of age on 13 May, ask your branch secretary about attending.  Alternatively you can get in touch with your regional young members contact by calling 0845 355 0845, or by emailing your full name, branch name, and membership number to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LGPS - Fact and Fiction

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Care schemes – career average revalued earnings

I keep hearing about Care schemes – but what are they?

Care stands for career average revalued earnings – there, job done.

That's all very well, but what does it actually mean?

Latest update received from Unison HQ

During the negotiations we will be maintaining a strong campaigning stance, putting pressure on MP's, employers and councillors to ensure that the outcomes of the negotiations are favourable to our members.

In the meantime, it is important to note that we are still in dispute with the government over their proposals and that the industrial action ballot results are still 'live'. If the negotiations fail to deliver an acceptable outcome to members, then we will consider further action. Members will be fully consulted at each key stage of the negotiations. There will be a UNISON lay member representative involved in the talks.

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During the negotiations we will be maintaining a strong campaigning stance, putting pressure on MP's, employers and councillors to ensure that the outcomes of the negotiations are favourable to our members.

 

In the meantime, it is important to note that we are still in dispute with the government over their proposals and that the industrial action ballot results are still 'live'. If the negotiations fail to deliver an acceptable outcome to members, then we will consider further action. Members will be fully consulted at each key stage of the negotiations. There will be a UNISON lay member representative involved in the talks.

Pension jargon: what does it all mean?

Active member A worker paying into a pension scheme.

 

 

JOINT AGREEMENT ON PRINCIPLES AND TIMETABLE FOR DISCUSSIONS ON THE FUTURE OF THE LGPS IN ENGLAND AND WALES

 

 

The government accepted that the LGPS – as a funded scheme with a high proportion of low earners – was different to the other ‘pay as you go’ schemes and has therefore given the go-ahead for a longer period of negotiation, over the short and long-term issues. The government has also agreed to suspend the formal consultation on short-term savings while negotiations take place from January 2012.

 

This agreement does not apply to the LGPS in Scotland, where there are no current moves to change the scheme. In Northern Ireland, the NI Executive has indicated that it intends to make the same changes as in England and Wales.

Unison ned - Annual General Meeting 2012

ATTENTION MEMBERS:

You only need to attend ONE of these Annual General Meeting events, but you can attend either of them:

council chamber

COUNCIL CHAMBER, NEDDC, SALTERGATE MONDAY 19TH MARCH 2012

PIONEER HOUSE, RYKNELD HOMES TUESDAY 20TH MARCH 2012 

BOTH MEETINGS HELD FROM 12:00(NOON) —2:00PM WITH REFRESHMENTS AVAILBLE

Dear Members

The festive season is almost upon us and, before I sign off to celebrate it, may I take this opportunity to offer you all a little Christmas cheer. The branch’s usual endeavour at Christmas time is to organise some sort of Christmas party and you may have noticed that, this year, that has not been the case. Instead we have decided to provide all members with £10 worth of love to shop vouchers to help you all with the ever increasing cost of Christmas. The vouchers will be sent to your home address early next week.

My last day of work before delving into the tinsel and turkey will be Tuesday 20th December after which the branch will be closed until 2012. On behalf of myself and the rest of the Unison NED Branch may I take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Kind regards.

Lisa X

Unison decides to proceed with negotiations

(Pensions Update 11)

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Local Government Pension Scheme Update

Since 30 November the LGA has moved quickly to establish some consensus over the direction of travel within the LGPS and establish some joint principles and a timetable for negotiation, starting in January.

The government and the LGA have accepted that the LGPS is different from the other public sector pension schemes because it is a funded scheme and has assets of around £140 billion at current prices.

There are some key points of agreement between the LGPS unions and the LGA:

  • No change until 2014 - avoiding any change before the 2013 valuation
  • Prevention of opt outs and maximising of membership to keep the scheme sustainable
  • Independent and robust equality proofing at every stage
  • Adequate time for unions and employers to consult at key stages of the process

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