Consultation on the proposed changes to the transitional arrangements in the 2015 Local Government Pension Scheme in Northern Ireland

Consultation opened on 11 November 2020. Closing date 31 January 2021.


The Department for Communities is seeking views on proposals to address discrimination identified by the Courts in the transitional arrangements which were part of the 2015 reform of the Local Government Pension Scheme in Northern Ireland.

The consultation document can be found on this page.


Consultation description

This consultation seeks views on changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme in Northern Ireland (LGPS (NI)). It outlines proposed changes to the LGPS (NI) statutory underpin protection to remove unlawful discrimination found by the Courts in relation to public service pension scheme ‘transitional protection’ arrangements.

Specifically, we propose to remove the condition that required a member to have been within ten years of their normal pension age on 1 April 2012 to be eligible for underpin protection. In removing the discrimination, we are proposing a number of supplementary changes to ensure the revised underpin works effectively and consistently for all members

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