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Pensions – Lobby of Parliament: Tuesday 1st March 2011

25 February 2011

We have been asked to publicise the above event organised by the Occupational Pensioners' Alliance, Public Service Pensioners' Council, Civil Service Pensioners' Alliance, National Pensioners' Council and Age UK.

Members are urged to join this rally and lobby of Parliament in protest at the government decision to increase occupational pensions during deferment and payment in line with the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) instead of the Retail Prices Index (RPI) as at present. The event will include a rally meeting from 1.15pm to 2.15pm in Committee Room 6 that all Members of Parliament are invited to attend.

More information on the event including model letters to MPs and information on the issues involved are available on the Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance website (

The lobby is to oppose the Government’s decision to change the inflation link for pensions from the RPI to the CPI. This change will significantly affect the value of the pensions of millions in the future. This will apply from April this year to the state second pension (S2S), public service pensions and many private sector pensions.

The lobby will explain what the change in indexation will mean for pensioners’ incomes. It will highlight the fact that the Government intends the change to a lower rate of indexation to be a permanent one, affecting pensioners’ incomes year on year, rather than a temporary move to deal with the current state of the economy.

With regard to the Railways Pension Scheme, TSSA is still pursuing the issue with the scheme and the Government, but as things stand it looks as if increases will be in line with the CPI. We will issue more guidance on this as soon as possible. However, in the meantime if you are not able to attend this event please make your opposition to the Government’s policy known to your MP (contact details available at:

Remember it’s not just your current occupational pension scheme that may be under threat of devaluation – you may have pensions from previous employers that will be affected too, not to mention your state benefits! This is such a big issue it also affects many others including members of your close family and friends so get them to act too. It’s vitally important Members of Parliament are made aware of the strength of feeling on this issue.

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