The Court decided that changes made to their pension schemes were age discriminatory.
Both cases were ruled together, as they dealt with similar issues and had previous contradictory outcomes.
The Supreme Court refused permission for the government to appeal the judgment.
On July 14th Elizabeth Truss, who is the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, issued an announcement which included this statement:
The matter will be remitted to the Employment Tribunal in respect of the litigants in the firefighters and judicial pension schemes. It will be for the Tribunal to determine a remedy. Alongside this process, government will be engaging with employer and member representatives, as well as the devolved administrations, to help inform our proposals to the Tribunal and in respect of the other public service pension schemes.
The Government has stated the reasons for the 2015 reforms remain and that the judgment does not alter their commitment to ensuring that the cost of public service pensions are affordable for taxpayers and sustainable for the long term.
It now seems the government accepts the court’s ruling will have wide-reaching effects, which will impact, we hope favourably, on police pensions.
The full Government statement can be read here.