Category Archives: Public sector

Fair and Sustainable Public Sector Pensions

Ahead of the planned strikes on Wednesday I thought I’d post a few thoughts on public sector pensions. I think of myself as being one of the few people that aren’t firmly on one side of the argument on this. I’m a taxpayer on one hand but defender of defined benefit pensions on the other. […]

First Briefing – Green Paper: A state pension for the 21st century

Introduction The Government has launched a Green Paper to consult on possible reforms to state pensions. The Government is looking at options for delivering “a simpler and fairer state pension which rewards those who do the right thing and save for their retirement and is sustainable for future generations”. In particular, the Government is consulting […]

First Briefing – Public service pensions: Huttons Final Report and the Government’s response

Background – key recommendations Lord Hutton of Furness, chair of the Independent Public Service Pensions Commission (“the Commission”), published his Final Report on 10 March 2011, in which he set out his 27 recommendations to the Government on reform to public service pension arrangements. The main recommendation was that existing final salary public service pension […]

F1rst briefing – Interim report on public service pensions

Lord Hutton of Furness, chair of the Independent Public Service Pensions Commission, published his interim report on 7 October 2010. The report outlines progress made so far in the review of public service pensions and in particular sets out the case for change in public service pensions and considers options for short term savings and […]