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Local Government Pension Scheme

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

There is great disquiet, and rightly so, about the local government pension scheme. Good people who have served their community with great honour and diligence over many years feel betrayed. In response, the Southend branch of Unison has sent me a petition signed by those members of the scheme who live in my constituency, and I pay tribute to Unison’s work to protect its members’ interests in this most important matter.

The petition states:

The Petition of the residents of South Essex and others,

Declares that the petitioners are deeply concerned about the future of the Local Government Pension Scheme, LGPS, and call for full protection of pensions benefits in the future on terms not less favourable than other new public sector pension schemes.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons call upon the Government to give full protection of pensions benefits for existing members of the LGPS, in line with the agreement for every other public sector pension scheme and to ensure that the new LGPS is based on no less favourable terms than all the other new look public sector pension schemes.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.