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Scheme pays take-up surges at NHS scheme

He added: "Public sector defined benefit pensions are under all kinds of pressure at the moment, with separate legal cases from the British Medical Association, Firefighters and others claiming age discrimination against schemes that revised benefits down for younger members. If overturned, this could put great pressure on government, which has set aside £30bn to cover the cost already.

"Additional complications like processing scheme pays applications just add to the weight of pressure on public sector DB schemes."

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