Cumbria Police Federation

Court of Appeal finds in favour of judges and firefighters

20 December 2018

Today, the Court of Appeal has ruled that the Government’s changes to pensions with regard to judges and firefighters were discriminatory on the grounds of age.

For judges, the changes were also deemed discriminatory on the grounds of race and equal pay, as drives to increase diversity means many more of those in the younger group of judges are female and/or from a BAME background.

These cases were brought due to changes to public sector pensions in 2015, which also affected police officers.

National Secretary Alex Duncan said: “This remains a complicated issue, with no certainty over how the government will choose to address the ruling.

“Today’s announcement seems like good news, but we need to digest the full judgement and of course we will continue to keep our position under review.”

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