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The NI civil service ran a voluntary redundancy scheme 2015/16

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The NI civil service ran a voluntary redundancy scheme 2015/16 which I applied for and was unsuccessful I recently found out that they had made a mistake and my figures were wrong so I appealed. The appeal was upheld however when I received my redundancy calculation it had been reduced from the 21 months to 18 months this was because when I leave at the end of May I will be over 58 years and 9 months so tapering applies but if my figures had been correct I would have exited in January and tapering would not have applied so I would have got the full 21 months compensation. As this is their error I feel I should not be penalised and shoul get no reduction in my severance payment. Grateful for advice.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  taratill replied 2 years ago.
Hello my name is ***** ***** I am happy to help you today, are you saying that because you appealed you remained in employment for longer than you would have otherwise done because they were dealing with the appeal?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yes I should have exited in January at the latest when I would have been 58 years and 8 months there were 5 tranches and I am in the last tranche because of their error because of this they said I could go end of March, May or June. Tapering begins to your compensation if you are over 58 years and 9 months see extract of e mail below.
"You are only entitled to 18 months due to your age. Tapering applies from the age of 58 years and 9 months for members in the Classic Scheme. You are due 12 months from date of leaving to your 60th birthday plus 6 months giving you 18 months. Please note the month of June 2017 does not count as your birthday falls at the beginning of the month."So effectively they are trying to dock 3 months compensation salary from me and I don't think they should be able to do that as it is their fault and their mistake that I didn't leave earlier with the full 21 months compensation.