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The Police Federation of England & Wales has launched a compensation claim against the Government on behalf of members who were victims of discrimination and suffered any ‘injury to feeling’ as a result of the changes to members’ pensions by the introduction of the 2015 scheme. FAQs on eligibility can be found here.
Please note the deadline for the Police Federation of England & Wales’ pension compensation claim has now closed. All eligible PFEW compensation claims have now been lodged with the Employment Tribunal. The Employment Tribunal will now process the claims via the chief officers' and Home Secretary who have 28 days to file responses. In excess of 38,000 claims have been registered with the tribunal to date.
The Government has stated it will put right the pension losses suffered. The purpose of this claim is to ensure those who have not already submitted a claim in respect of the pension discrimination are also considered for any compensation the court considers appropriate for the distress caused by the discriminatory changes.
The claim is being handled on PFEW’s behalf by the leading UK and international law firm Penningtons Manches Cooper.
In a joint statement, PFEW National Secretary Alex Duncan and National Chair John Apter said: “We have consistently said on the issue of pensions that we would closely monitor any decisions made by Government and litigate if and when this was necessary.
“The Government has made it absolutely clear all members who suffered age discrimination because of the enforced 2015 pension changes would be remedied. This still leaves the question of compensation for those affected, and unfortunately the Government has been unwilling to consider this issue.
“Having reviewed this, PFEW decided to ensure members are treated fairly and we are now taking the only step available which is to pursue a Group Action. This legal action against the Government and Forces is being launched to compensate members for the distress caused by the discriminatory 2015 pension changes.”
All internal and external queries on this subject should be directed to the PFEW pensions team and not Penningtons.
Find out more about the differences in the pension schemes here.