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Departmental Pensions

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the effect on her Department's expenditure would be of increasing the employee contribution to each pension scheme for which her Department is responsible by one per cent.; and if she will make a statement. (200739)

An increase in 2007-08 employee contributions for the firefighters' pension scheme 1992 and the new firefighters' pension scheme 2006 of 1 per cent. would amount to £10 million. An increase in employee contributions to the local government pension scheme would amount to some £300 million on the latest figures available.

The impact of these on the budgets of fire and rescue authorities and other local authorities would depend on other factors including any knock-on effect of the change on pay, recruitment or retention.