Commenting on the Government’s response, published today, which sets out its approach to remedy age discrimination in public service pension schemes as highlighted in the McCloud case, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: 

“The NEU deplores the Government’s decision to pass the cost of fixing its own unlawful age discrimination on to public sector workers. Teachers did not ask for the Government’s changes to pension schemes in 2014-15 which put younger workers into worse schemes. The Government should bear the cost of its own unlawful decisions rather than making teachers, who have been on the frontline of the Covid-19 crisis, pay for its mistakes. 

“The NEU supports the decision to let workers take decisions on scheme benefits at retirement.  Expecting them to make guesses now about their future career, pay increases and inflation was never going to work. Many people would have made the wrong decision and that would have led to further legal action. The Government should nonetheless, in our view, make free financial advice available to them when they do retire.”