Local Government Pension Scheme rule change

When the Government reformed public service pension schemes in 2014 and 2015, older members were protected from the changes. In December 2018, the Courts ruled that younger members of the judges’ and firefighters’ pension schemes had been discriminated against because the protections did not apply to them.


This ruling is called the McCloud judgment after a member of the judges’ pension scheme involved in the case.


The rules of all public service pension schemes, including the Local Government Pension Scheme, changed from 1 October 2023 because of the ruling. The changes are known as the McCloud remedy, and they remove the age discrimination found in the McCloud judgment.


The new rules from 1 October 2023 constitute a ‘material change to basic scheme information’. To satisfy the Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Disclosure of Information) Regulations 2013, administering authorities must tell all members who might be affected by the changes about the changes. They must do this within three months of the changes taking effect.


To help us meet the disclosure of information requirements, I would be grateful if you could share the attached ‘McCloud disclosure leaflet’ and ‘McCloud public service form’ within your organisation/on your intranet. This is only relevant for staff eligible for the Local Government Pension Scheme (not teachers or uniformed Police/Fire).