Union mounts legal challenge to ‘unacceptable’ pensions change

15 April 2011
(For immediate release)

The FDA is joining with the Civil Service Pensioners' Alliance, Prospect, the Police Federation, National Association of Retired Police Officers and the GMB to launch a judicial review of the Government's decision to change the index for uprating public sector pensions from the retail prices index (RPI) to the consumer prices index (CPI). The FDA is the union representing senior managers and professionals in public service.

The application will be launched on Monday 18 April.

FDA General Secretary Jonathan Baume said:

"The Government's decision - announced in the 2010 Budget - to change the index for uprating of pensions for senior public servants is wholly unacceptable and potentially illegal.

"It would come on top of an across-the-board pay freeze for FDA members and proposed increases to pension scheme members' pension contributions.

"With CPI predicted to lag up to 1.5% behind RPI for the next five years to 2016, this change cuts at least 15% from the value of a pension and amounts to a considerable detrimental change that we are determined to oppose."

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.