POA Circulars

57 | 28.05.2012

Pension and legal advice

It has been brought to the attention of the Executive that a significant number of members are seeking advice in respect of voluntary redundancy (VEDS).  Some members are seeking advice on their pension and once again members are seeking legal redress as a result of the employer refusing medical retirement.

The POA does not support or condone any form of redundancy, however if an individual wishes to accept VEDS that is their right and their choice.  The POA will not provide support or legal advice on the offer or get involved if individuals are refused.

Currently, the NEC is exploring all legal challenges which may be available to the union in respect of the Government’s pension reforms. 

Some members are seeking legal advice and general advice in respect of their pension.  Again, I must remind you that the POA is not in a position to provide specific pension advice; this must be provided by an independent financial advisor.

Finally, can I take this opportunity to remind all branch officials and members that there is NO legal challenge or redress to a refusal of medical retirement.  If an individual is refused medical retirement by CAPITA an appeal is available but this can only be based on new robust medical evidence, normally from a consultant.

I trust this clarifies these issues.

Yours sincerely


General Secretary