Watch that Pay Slip!

All Local Government Members on SJC terms please remember: (particularly if you are a current member of the Local Government (or similar) pension scheme)

Due to the introduction of the NEW State Pension, all members of workplace pension schemes like the LGPS, who formerly paid 1.4% less of their pay to National insurance (a rebate for being part of a "contracted out" scheme) will have lost that reduction as of 6th April 2016.

This reduction was for pay earned between around £8000 to £40000 per year. So, those of us who are members of the LGPS will see our take home pay reduced as that 1.4% rise in NIC is applied.

For those earning above around £20000, it will wipe out the 1% pay award for 2016/2017 and appear as an overall cut in take home pay.

The State Pension changes also ruled that those of us who were "contracted out" will not qualify for the Maximum amount if retiring immediately due to the "reduced" contributions we made in the past. This may, of course, be recovered over a few more years working and paying the full NIC.

This has no impact on the quite separate rights and benefits of the LGPS itself.

Hopefully this will make some sense of the changes but you can find out more at the Tayside Pension Fund Newsletter and more general LGPS advice from the Scottish LGPS website or The Scottish Public Pensions Agency or by speaking to your local pension team.


Invite to Branch AGM 2017

Dundee City UNISON
Room2, Floor 3
11 Castle Street
Tel: 01382 224948
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RMS No: 9999999
Dear Member
You are invited to attend the UNISON Dundee City Branch Annual General Meeting.  To encourage attendance, members can attend either on:
Friday 3rd March 2017 at 12.30 p.m., finishing no later than 2 p.m. in The Steps Theatre Conference Room, Central Library, Wellgate Centre, Dundee.  Buffet available from 12 noon.
Friday 3rd March 2017 at 5.30 p.m., finishing no later than 7 p.m. in the Baxter Park Bowling Club, Wortley Place, Dundee. Buffet available from 5 p.m.
Following the AGM in Baxter Park Bowling Club, there will be a fundraising and entertainment event in aid of UNISON's There for you charity.  Tickets cost £4 and are available by contacting the UNISON Office above.  
Nominations are invited for all branch officer, steward and departmental representative positions.  A nomination form is attached and should be completed and returned to the above address no later than 12 noon on 21 February 2017.  If there is more than one nomination for any post an election will be held in accordance with branch rules.
Please click here for nomination form:  nomination form
Current postholders should note that they must be nominated annually and a 2017 nomination form must be completed.  Late nominations will be consider by the branch committee.  
Motions for consideration at the AGM are also invited.  These should be sent (preferably typed) to the above address no later than 12 noon on 21 February. Motions must be signed by at least two members.
The final agenda and supporting paperwork will be available at the meeting.  Should you require copies in advance please contact the branch office as above. 
Given the budget situation, threats to your jobs, threats to your terms and conditions and cuts to local services, this is your opportunity to find out more and to discuss the way forward.
I look forward to seeing you on 3 March 2017.
Yours sincerely
Jim McFarlane
Branch Secretary Dundee City Branch