No pension cuts, claims body

The Employers’ Organisation for Local Government has dismissed a national
newspaper report which claimed public sector staff could receive reduced
pensions.

In a letter to all chief executives of local authorities, Charles Nolda,
director of EOfLG dismissed the Daily Mail article, which stated that ministers
are discussing plans to replace the Local Government Pension Scheme with a
cheaper alternative that could result in lower pension for millions of workers.

"It is true that there is currently a DTLR-led officer group which is
looking at all aspects of the pension scheme.

"This is a small group on which both the LGA and the Employers’
Organisation are represented. It is at a very early stage of its work and no
report has yet been made from the group to ministers," said Nolda.

"It is highly misleading to say that the benefits of serving staff
might be at risk, since they cannot be worsened within the existing legal
framework.

"The policy of the Employers’ Organisation is that a statutory defined
benefit occupational pension scheme is a key part of local government’s
remuneration package and should be retained," he added.

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