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High court sets date for NASUWT's judicial review claim on pensions


The NASUWT has today received formal notification from the High Court of the hearing date for its application for judicial review of the Coalition Government’s decision to change the index-linking of public service workers’ pensions, including teachers’ pensions, from the Retail Price Index (RPI) to Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Solicitors acting on behalf of the NASUWT lodged a legal challenge in the High Court in May to seek to reverse the Coalition Government’s decision to change the indexing of teachers’ pensions from the RPI to CPI, which is generally lower and, therefore, reduces the value of pensions over time.

The NASUWT is the only teachers’ union which has lodged a legal challenge.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“This is excellent news which will be welcomed by all teachers and all public service workers.

“Gaining the High Court’s permission for the judicial review was the first major hurdle to be crossed and we have done this successfully.

“If the judicial review is successful, it will result in a precedential decision that could see thousands of teachers in the Teachers’ Pension Scheme having the RPI link, and therefore the value of their pension, restored.”

The NASUWT has presented to the High Court evidence of specific examples of the detrimental impact of the change in indexing on teachers and headteachers.

The NASUWT has mounted the legal challenge jointly with PCS, FBU, POA, UNITE and UNISON who are lodging a claim on behalf of members in the specific pension schemes in their respective sectors.

The case has been listed for a hearing on 25 October 2011.


Stuart Gannon
NASUWT Press Office

Tel: 020 7420 9681
Mobile (and out of hours contact): 07966 198894
Address: 5 King Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8SD

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