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Local Government Act 2003

Section 102: Staff transfer matters: pensions

291.This provides that the Secretary of State, National Assembly for Wales and Scottish Ministers shall exercise their powers under section 101 to give directions so as to ensure that English, Welsh and Scottish local authorities, in contracting for the provision of services, secure specified pension benefits. These are, first, that the contractor is required to secure pension protection for employees of an authority who are transferring from the authority under TUPE or who, in a re-contracting case, transferred from the authority under TUPE when the services were first contracted out, have transferred under TUPE on each subsequent change in contractor and are again transferring under TUPE in connection with the contract with the contractor. Secondly, that the contractual terms for the securing of pension protection for a transferring employee are enforceable by the employee. Pension protection is secured where the employee’s rights to acquire pension benefits are the same as, or broadly comparable to, those enjoyed by the employee before the transfer.

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