On 22 January 2020, the Court of Appeal published its judgment in relation to the proceedings brought by BT against HM Treasury (HMT). The proceedings challenged the validity of a decision by HMT as to the method it would use to make certain increases to pensions in payment for public sector workers who reach State pension age between 6 December 2018 and 5 April 2021. HMT’s chosen method means that the same pension increases would also apply to Section B members reaching State pension age in this period. BT argued that HMT did not properly consider alternative methods which would not have this effect.
The Court of Appeal dismissed BT’s appeal in favour of HMT. As the Trustee has been paying these Section B members in line with the legislation since it was first introduced, this ruling means pension payments to Section B members will remain unchanged. No action is required on the part of members.