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Pensions blog

Pensions blog

Prospect's pensions officers blog about the issues that exercise their minds.


Supreme Court London

Legal action by judges and firefighters could have repercussions for public sector pensions

The court of appeal and two employment tribunals have ruled against the government in two cases relating to judges’ and firefighters’ pension schemes which could have far reaching consequences for other public sector pensions.


Waiting for LGBT+ pensions equality

Full pension protection has always been one of the key goals of marriage equality campaigners. Before civil partnerships, and then same-sex marriage, occupational pension schemes could choose to offer a pension to a surviving same-sex partner, but they did not have to.


EU referendum

Brexit and pensions: deal or no deal

The government has stepped up planning for a ‘no deal’ Brexit. Part of its preparations includes publishing guidance explaining the rights of UK nationals in the EU if the UK leaves without an agreement.


payslip showing pension contribution

Budget 2018 and pension tax relief

Speculation about pension tax relief is as much a sign of an upcoming Budget as returning swallows herald the arrival of spring (I’ve indulged in it myself).


A man and woman check documents and make calculations

Some progress for unmarried couples but major pension pitfalls remain

The government unlawfully discriminated against unmarried couples by refusing to allow claims for widowed parent's allowance in cases where the surviving partner was not married to, or the civil partner of, the deceased.