The number of local authority workers who were members of the local authority pension scheme administered by Durham county council who (a) retired and (b) took ill health retirement in each of the last five years for which data are available, are shown in the following table.
Normal retirement Ill-health retirement 2000-01 90 139 2001-02 49 115 2002-03 119 77 2003-04 87 96 2004-05 140 55
These data are taken from the SF3 Local Government Pensions Schemes form completed each year by administrators of local authority pension schemes and returned to the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Durham county council administers a single pension scheme for staff of the county council and the seven local authorities within the county of Durham, the administration staff of the police and fire service and staff of a further 43 bodies in the scheme including parish councils, town councils, statutory bodies, colleges and admitted bodies.
It is estimated that a 1 per cent. increase in employee contributions would now generate an additional £270 million towards the total annual contribution income of the Local Government Pension Scheme, which totalled some £4.9 billion in 2004-05, made up of employers' contributions of some £3.5 billion and employees' contributions of some £1.4 billion.