We were pleased to welcome over 70 delegates to our sold out event on 18 July 2019, in order to discuss the challenge of interpreting pensionable pay within the legislation and case-law.

The morning session was opened by Clair Alcock who outlined how 45 different decision makers, case-law, and legislation combine to provide complexity in determining pensionable pay. This was followed by an in-depth look at the most recent case Booth vs Mid and West Wales from Jane Marshall, partner at Weightmans LLP and legal adviser to the Fire Scheme Advisory Board. Steven Pope, Head of Human Resources at Devon and Somerset Fire then took to the stage to deliver a practitioner's insight into pensionable pay decision making. Before lunch we welcomed back Jane Marshall to give a case-law round up and a discussion on what steps Fire Authorities now need to take to remedy pensionable pay. The number of questions received during Jane and Steven's sessions demonstrated how valuable it is to hear first-hand issues on pensionable pay.

 Jane Marshall - Weightmans   Clair Alcock - LGA

Following lunch, Clair Alcock shared some thoughts on decision making to ensure that pensionable pay is considered at the heart of any pay structure, we then welcomed James Durrant, Pensions Manager at Essex Fire Authority who shared some thought provoking insight into tax consequences of retrospective action to ensure that where action is taken, tax law is complied with.

The final session of the day was a panel discussion session, which allowed the audience to ask questions of all the speakers of the day.

The complete presentation slide deck from the pensionable pay workshop held on 18 July 2019 can be viewed here. To view the conference in pictures, visit our @LGAWorkforce twitter feed, #LGAfirepensions

We would encourage all delegates to give feedback using the electronic forms provided after the event so we can continue to improve our training events.