Message from the General Secretary

There have been five briefings so far with a further two to be held before the close of the consultation process.  We need to know what you think of the new scheme.  The General Secretary, Dave Prentis has sent a message to all members in or eligible to be in the LGPS.  See the text of that message below:

A message from Dave Prentis,
UNISON general secretary

LGPS 2014 - Almost time to have your say and vote

Dear fellow UNISON member

I am emailing you because after more than a year of threats, industrial action and eventual negotiation, there are now clear proposals for changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) in England and Wales from 1 April 2014.

That is the pension scheme that you're either in or entitled to join.

And that means that over the summer, from 31 July to 24 August, we'll be balloting you to find out whether or not you accept these proposals.

UNISON has already started running briefings on the proposals all around the country, and we'll be continuing them over the next few weeks. Please contact your branch or region to find out about briefings taking place in your area and make sure you attend them.

We don't just want to tell you about the proposals - we need to know what you think about them.

This will determine the recommendation that UNISON's relevant service group executives (for members working in local government, higher education, police and justice, the community and voluntary sector, or water, environment and transport) make back to our members about whether or not to accept the proposals.

If you don't get a chance to attend a briefing then please have a look at the pensions section of the UNISON website, where information about the proposals is available along with examples of what the proposals will mean for both what you pay into your pension and what you get out.

There will also be a ballot helpline open during the ballot period to answer any questions you might have about the ballot.

So when you get your ballot paper in the post make sure you fill it out and return it. It's your pension so make sure you let us know what you think.

The ballot is taking place over the summer, so if you're going to be away, please try and make arrangements to get your ballot paper, fill it out and return it.

Yours sincerely

Dave Prentis
UNISON general secretary

Take this opportunity to have your say before the member ballot by mailing the branch office at