Northern Rail Ex North East Section of the Railways Pension Scheme (RPS)

        My Ref: MRP 1/8/70

                                                8th July 2014
                                         Circular Num: NP/122 /14

To: The Secretary All Branches & Regional Councils

Dear Colleagues,


The following resolution was submitted by the Leeds City Branch in respect of members of the Northern Rail ex North East section of the RPS taking their pension benefits early whilst remaining in employment:

“Leeds City Branch notes that Northern Rail will no longer allow staff to take their railway pension early whilst remaining employed unless this is approved by the case review body.

We call on the General Grades Committee to ensure that Northern Rail writes to all members of the Northern and ex North East section of the RPS explaining this change and the reasoning behind this change in practise.”

The following Pension Industry Wide Sub Committee report was noted and adopted by the General Grades Committee on 8th July 2014:

“The Acting General Secretary is instructed to write to the Northern Rail and the Railways Pension Scheme seeking clarification on the proposal to stop members taking their pension benefits early but remaining in employment.

Once replies are received this item is to be placed back in front of the General Grades Committee.”

I will keep you informed of developments.

Yours sincerely,

Mick Cash
Acting General Secretary