The government is consulting on plans to allow universities and colleges in England to opt out of offering the local government pension scheme (LGPS) to new non-teaching staff. The proposal would:
- Create a two-tier workforce with new starters offered inferior pensions
- Disproportionately affect women and the lower paid
- Threaten the future sustainability of the whole scheme
This attack on pension rights is the thin end of the wedge – let’s take action.