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Monday 4th February 2013 | 12:34
GMB press release
GMB, the union for workers in public services, rebutted claims by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) on higher cost of public sector pensions and rejected calls for the current public service Pensions Bill to be scrapped and new negotiations started. See notes to editors for summary of the report.
Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary, said “The CPS has got so excited about getting media to run yet another story attacking pensions that they have produced a shoddy report of made-up numbers and rather ludicrously called for the whole public sector pension reform program to be torn up and started again.
CPS are destroying their own credibility and are lining up in competition with the so called Taxpayers Alliance with an early entry to win the 2013 “axe grinder of the year award” with this report.
The three ‘new’ costs put forward simply do not exist:
Firstly, the CPS says the end of the state additional pension contracting out rebate will be a £3.4bn pension cost to the taxpayer – wrong, it is a tax not a pension cost and it benefits the taxpayer.
Secondly, the CPS says public sector employees will still get pensions as if contracted out at an additional cost of £4bn. Wrong, this is not an additional cost it is the same cost as before.
Thirdly, the CPS says there could be an extra £2bn cost if longevity has gone up faster than thought. Wrong, if there is an increase in
longevity (and that is unknown) it will not be an additional cost but will be controlled by the cost cap imposed by government. So there is no ‘new’ cost at all. In fact the OBR says the reforms save the taxpayer 40% of pension costs.
The real purpose behind the CPS argument is to say the public service Pensions Bill, which implements the reform program negotiated between
government and unions, should be scrapped and the process restarted. This is absolutely bonkers. Nobody in their right mind would sensibly
advocate going through years of negotiations again and delaying reform even further.”