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Local Government: Pensions

Volume 475: debated on Friday 16 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the cash value was of payments made by local authority employers, including secondary contributions, to the local government pension scheme in each year since 1996-97; (202601)

(2) what the estimated cost to employers of the local government pension scheme was in each financial year since 1996-97 in (a) actual terms and (b) excluding the 20 per cent. of costs which relate to non-local authority employers.

The amount of contributions paid by English local authority employers in the local government pension scheme, excluding the 20 per cent. of costs which relate to non-local authority employers, for the period 1996-97 to 2006-07 is shown in the following table. These data relate to payments made under the scheme that ceased to have effect on 31 March 2008. Since then, contributions paid by employers and employees continue to be made under the new local government pension scheme which came into effect on 1 April 2008.

£ million

Total cost

Total costexcluding estimated non-local authority employer costs of 20 per cent.

1996-97

1,322

1,058

1997-98

1,520

1,216

1998-99

1,788

1,430

1999-2000

1,972

1,578

2000-01

2,273

1,818

2001-02

2,617

2,094

2002-03

2,916

2,333

2003-04

3,217

2,574

2004-05

3,544

2,835

2005-06

4,124

3,300

2006-07

4,626

3,701

These data represent the actual amount of contributions paid by employers participating in the scheme according to annual returns submitted to the Department by scheme administering authorities in England. The returns include all contributions paid by scheme employers.