Brent leads way on outsourced staff

7 Jun 01
The London Borough of Brent has become one of the first councils to allow staff transferred under outsourcing deals to retrieve their local government pension with backdated benefits.

08 June 2001

The move follows changes to local government pension regulations which came into force last month.

Over 300 Brent home-care staff whose jobs were transferred to private company Nestor Healthcare in 1999 will now be able to rejoin the council pension scheme without losing benefits.

Stephen Hughes, Brent's director of finance, said: 'Because ex-council staff will now be able to maintain the continuity and benefits of the local government scheme, we can approach competitive tendering of services in a way that is seen as less threatening.'

'It gives ex-council staff more security,' said Glyn Jenkins, Unison pensions head.


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