UNISON Member Learning – Retirement and your pension – Local Government Pensions

7 March 2023 12:30pm–1:30pm

Online - Via MS TEAMS

Retirement & Your pension – for Local Government Pension scheme holders

Tuesday 7th March 12:30-13:30

Lighthouse Financial Advice is the trusted financial advice partner of UNISON. Our purpose is to help you achieve your aspirations through expert financial planning.

Join us to talk about the changes to the LG pension scheme over the last years and hear about changes to the state pension and where to find out more about the years you have logged.  Gain tips about investments to keep you financially secure in retirement. 

Lighthouse Financial Advice is the trusted financial advice partner of UNISON. We are a leading financial business, and our purpose is to help you achieve your aspirations through expert financial

We are delivering a FREE webinar to help you understand how to secure the income you need for a comfortable retirement. In this webinar, you will be able to learn about:

• How your pensions work, including the state and Local Government Pension Scheme

• When you can take your pensions and how much you can expect to receive

• Your options for accessing any additional pension savings, including from previous employers

• Ways you may be able to increase your income

• Tax considerations, including your tax-free lump sum

• Countering inflation: will your income keep its value in real terms?

The webinar will be presented by one of our expert financial advisers who has specific knowledge.

Advisor: Ian Futcher

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Email or call the person below, stating the webinar date and time – Sue at susannah.moir@quilter.com or on 020 3831 0739

We hope that employers and Managers see the benefit to requesting time off to attend from your workplace should you need too.

You may want to make your Branch Union Learning Representative or Education Officer aware that you are attending this course to link with other learners or join the local learning network

If you are in need of support to request time off from your work to attend please talk to the branch to gain support.

These sessions are being held during the daytime but if you are on shift or working and want to attend you may be able to negotiate time off from your workplace.

You may have a local policy or learning agreement to support with gaining reasonable time off to attend our learning from your employer. There is also guidance via ACAS – Time off advice

For further learning options please keep an eye on our webpage and social media.

If you have any questions about the course please do not hesitate to get in contact with us

Email: SW Education Enquiries



Am I entitled to time off to attend a course?
Yes, you should approach your line manager to arrange time off in the same way you would for other training and annual leave. We hope that Line Managers and employers see the benefit for you attending our UNISON Learning offer.

The right to time off in workplaces where the UNISON is recognised can on occasions create less barriers to members who want to attend learning offered by UNISON. Trade union workplace representatives have a right to paid time off for the purpose of carrying out their trade union duties or to take part in union training. Where there isn’t a recognition agreement or facility time agreement, reps should seek advice from their branch in the first instance in regards to time off for training.

By registering to this course using the booking button please ensure you have the time off to attend. Support for requesting time off can be offered.

What are our courses like?
Our courses are friendly and informal. Our training is aimed at making learning a fun rather than a daunting experience. Everyone’s views and experiences are listened to. You will not be lectured at and given every opportunity to participate and there is no exam at the end unlike school or college. We have guidance on this under our ” Working together guidelines” ( Link available on this page)

Points to consider
Where are you going to be doing the online course? In a busy or loud environment which may be distracting? Somewhere where you are likely to be interrupted? If possible find a quiet space to complete the course either at work or at home. What equipment are you going to use? To access all of our E-learning courses, you will need a tablet or computer. If you are using your employer’s IT equipment, then make sure you have permission to use it for a trade union course. Most facility agreements allow you to use employer equipment, but check with your branch if you are unsure. Ensure that you have access to use ZOOM or TEAMs.

What happens if I need to cancel my place on an e-leaning course?
Due to our members learning courses being in high demand, with waiting lists if we exceed numbers, we ask that you notify us as a matter of urgency to enable us to be able to offer the place to others who may be on the waiting list.