Skip to main content

Local Government

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authority workers in each local authority area in Durham (a) retired and (b) took ill-health retirement in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. (93532)

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the annual saving would be from increasing the employee contribution rate of the local government pension scheme by one per cent.; and if she will make a statement. (93543)

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.