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Fire Services: Pensions

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the value was of public sector pensions in the fire service in each of the last five years; and what the cost to the public purse was of providing such pensions in each year. (228433)

The value of firefighters' pensions1 in each of the last five years is as follows

£ million

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Total pensions outgo

399.492

443.019

489.258

453.622

491.571

Cost to public purse

3n/a

327.606

362.895

346.469

370.564

1 These are locally administered schemes and data are provided by fire and rescue authorities.

2 Net of employees' contributions of 11 per cent. of pensionable pay for the 1992 firefighters' pension scheme and 8.5 per cent. for the 2006 new fire-fighters' pension scheme and inward transfers from other pensions schemes

3 Data on employee contributions and transfer values are not collected centrally.