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Pensions

UNISON works to defend good pension schemes and improve and promote affordable, decent pensions for all our members, wherever you work.

If you’ve a pension question/problem please e-mail UNISON’s Pensions Unit for Members at P165876@unison.co.uk quoting your UNISON membership number and copying in your local UNISON Branch.

Pension Training Courses

UNISON’s Pensions Unit for Members have developed the following training courses that we can potentially undertake on request from Branches/Regions:

  • Introduction to Pensions
  • Getting to Grips with the NHS Pension Scheme
  • An Introduction to the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Women and Pensions

How will coronavirus affect my pension?

We answer your questions on how your pension might be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Local Government Pension Scheme

The Local Government Pension Scheme is collectively the largest public sector pension scheme in the UK with 4.6 million members and is available to any employee under the age of 75 working for an employer participating under the scheme.

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NHS Pension Scheme

The NHS Pension Scheme is a voluntary pension scheme available to all NHS employees. Benefits are paid in addition to the basic state pension. From 1 April 2015 a new NHS Pension Scheme will come into operation.

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Occupational pensions and auto-enrolment

There are a wide range of pensions available so its important you understand your options in order to get the best deal for your retirement. If you feel you are not getting the right advice from your employer, speak to your local UNISON rep.

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Pensions governance

Pensions governance refers to the way pensions are invested and managed and includes such issues as how funds are invested, the composition of investments, decision making processes, socially responsible investment and ensuring sufficient assets exist to meet pension liabilities as they fall due.

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Retirement and the state pension

The state pension is changing from 6 April 2016 which if you’re under State Pension Age, should lead to you building up a bigger state pension. This comes at a cost though. Read on for more information on state pensions.

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Women and pensions

Advice for women on what they can do to get a decent income on retirement as well other pensions issues that relate particularly to women.

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Resources