FDA appeals High Court pensions decision

12 January 2012
For immediate release

An appeal by the FDA against the High Court decision to reject its judicial review challenge of the Government's decision to change the index used for uprating public sector pensions from the retail prices index (RPI) to the consumer prices index (CPI) has today been lodged in the Court of Appeal. The FDA is the union representing senior public servants.

Jonathan Baume, FDA General Secretary, said:

"We have always said that we will use every avenue available to challenge this decision. The court gave us leave to appeal on two areas and we will be appealing both. We will continue to challenge where it makes sense to do so and where there is a reasonable prospect of success.

"We have always argued that any decision to change the index should be included within the overall negotiations on future pension arrangements. The Government has refused to even consider this, which leaves us with no option but to continue our legal fight in the courts.

"The uprating mechanism change from RPI to CPI means a real cut to our members' pensions. It comes on top of increased pension contributions and a two- or three-year pay freeze, followed by a 1% pay cap."

Notes for editors

1. The FDA is the trade union and professional body representing 18,000 of the UK's senior civil and public servants. Our members include policy advisors, senior managers, tax inspectors, economists, statisticians, accountants, special advisers, government lawyers, diplomats, crown prosecutors and NHS managers.

2. Members in HMRC are represented by the Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC), a section of the FDA.

3. The FDA (formerly the First Division Association) should be referred to simply as "The FDA" and can be described as "the senior public servants' union".

4. For further information contact:

  • Jonathan Baume, FDA General Secretary, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07976 951191.
  • Oliver Rowe, Communications Manager, tel: 020 7401 5588 or 07590 838696.