In our update of 21 May 2012 (see “News Archive”) we explained that the judicial review instigated by the Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) was due to be heard in June.
The hearing was on 14 June and the judge gave his judgment orally the following day. He said that GAD is fully within our jurisdiction in relation to the complaint made by a firefighter about commutation factors.
However, the judge also said that GAD could wait to see the written version of his judgment before they had to decide whether to appeal to the Court of Appeal. The written judgment has been published and GAD have applied for permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal. We are unable to say how long it will be before the court decides whether or not to grant permission but understand that as the courts’ summer recess is now over it should not be too long before a decision is made. In the meantime we will not be proceeding with the firefighter’s case.
There is still no need for members of police or firefighters’ schemes to take any further action and as we have said in previous updates, we plan to use complaints from the ones we have already received as “lead” complaints.
If you would like to read the judgment you can find it at http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2012/1796.html