POA Circulars

109 | 19.07.2011

Judicial Review: Civil Service Compensation Scheme

As you will be aware the PCS and POA have a joint action in respect of challenging the changes made to the Civil Service Compensation Scheme.  The Judicial Review commences today 19th July 2011 and is scheduled to end on Thursday 21st July 2011.

The basis of our joint arguments is that because rights to certain redundancy terms have accrued through length of service, they are classed as a “possession” in human rights law and should not be interfered with unless there is an over-riding public interest.

In November 2010 MPs and Lords on the Human Rights Joint Committee criticised the Government’s plans as they were going through Parliament, saying Ministers had not made the case for capping payouts.

The National Executive Committee has always been clear that the Government change to redundancy payments was simply to make it cheaper to throw their staff and our members out of work.

That was not acceptable to the Executive and the decision was made to challenge that decision in Court to protect and promote the POA membership.


Yours sincerely


General Secretary