|The government is currently 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.