Date: 30 July 2007
Pensions consultation welcomed by UNISON
UNISON today welcomed the start of the consultation on the new
Scottish Local Government Pension Scheme. The unions representing
members of the Local Government Pension Scheme have been involved
in the tri-partite discussions on the new scheme, and today they
said that there were still some issues to be resolved.
Mike Kirby, UNISON's Scottish Convenor said "We welcome the progress
so far, and the fact that there are a number of improvements, but
there still remain some areas of concern.
"We still want to discuss the way that increased contributions
impact on members - particularly how to make the contributions more
progressive, the position of people who need to retire for ill-health
reasons, and especially the governance of the new scheme, and how
its members can have a direct input into its running.
"The unions will be running a number of consultation events over
the summer and autumn to get the views of members and responding
to the consultation."
Note to editors: The timetable and circumstances of the
Local Government Pension Scheme are different in England and Wales,
but proposals for a similar new LGPS in England and Wales were recently
approved by UNISON members by a majority of 97.1%.
For Further Information Please Contact: Mike Kirby (Scottish
Convenor) 07803 952 261(m) Chris Bartter (Communications Officer)
0771 558 3729(m)