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The on-off negotiations on the principles and timetable for discussions on the future of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) are back on track. They seemed to have been dealt a mortal blow following the big spanner thrown into the works by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles.

Confusion had been caused after Mr Pickles mentioned financial limits  on the pension scheme in his letter agreeing to principles drawn up by the unions and the Local Government Association (LGA).

This problem has been quickly addressed and Heather Wakefield, UNISON's Head of Local Government, said "We are pleased that agreement on principles and a timeline for more talks on the LGPS are back on track. They have been given the green light from government, marking a major step forward in the dispute over public sector pensions.

There was, however, one issue and that was that the UNITE union refused to take part in the discussions citing a loss of trust in the government (there's a surprise). This will not derail any further talks.

There is a pensions summit for UNISON senior lay members across the service groups on 10 January 2012 and the proposals outlined will then be discussed by the Local Government Service Group Executive.

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