Consultation on NICS Pension Scheme Retrospective Remedy

Closed 2 Jun 2023

Opened 3 Apr 2023


In 2015 all Northern Ireland Public Sector Pension Schemes were reformed and new career average schemes were introduced. These reforms also saw the introduction of transitional protection that meant those members within 10 years of their normal pension age could remain in the legacy schemes for a tapered period.

In 2018, the Court of Appeal found that this was discriminatory on the basis of age.

The policy to remove the effect of the transitional protections, seen between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2022, has become known as the 2015 Remedy or the ‘McCloud’ judgment.

The Public Service Pensions and Judicial Offices Act 2022 legislates for how the government will remove the discrimination identified by the courts in the way that the 2015 reforms were introduced for some members.

The 2015 remedy is made up of two parts. Phase one was completed last year with all active members becoming members of the new pension scheme ‘alpha’ from 1 April 2022, irrespective of age. This officially marked the end of the age discrimination identified in the 2018 court judgment (the McCloud case) with the introduction of a single, Northern Ireland Civil Service Pension Scheme for all active members from 1 April 2022. Phase two will remove the discrimination by allowing members the choice between their legacy scheme or 2015 reformed scheme for the 7 year remedy period (1 April 2015 to 31 March 2022). For eligible members who already have a pension in payment a choice will be offered as soon as is reasonably practicable after 1 October 2023.

The Department of Finance is consulting on how phase two will be implemented to remove the effect of the transitional protections seen between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2022, the remedy period, and implement provisions for a deferred choice underpin (DCU). The consultation document will set out how the regulations will work in practice, explain the remedy choices that members will have, and how these will work. It is important to note that members do not need to make any remedy choices on their personal circumstances at this stage.

The consultation is an opportunity for all affected scheme members, or any other interested individuals and organisations to comment on the draft proposals before they are made final. The consultation document and all related material can be found below.  


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