Labour slam Lord Hutton report on pensions


1:38 pm - March 10th 2011

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Angela Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said in response to the publication of Lord Hutton’s report on public sector pensions today:

This is a significant and very challenging report about the long-term affordability of public sector pensions.

But anyone reading this report needs to remember that the government has already pre-empted its findings by significantly increasing employee contributions. This is a second squeeze at a time when public sector workers already face a pay freeze and rising prices. The result is that public sector workers face making bigger contributions and working longer for smaller pensions – even before Lord Hutton’s report has been published.”

We will need to examine the proposals carefully alongside the government’s detailed response. We all know we have to make tough choices across the private and public sector too. But it would be deeply unfair for public sector workers to disproportionately bear the brunt of a global financial crisis that was caused by the irresponsible actions of the banks, who are getting a tax cut from the Conservative-led government this year.

Lord Hutton’s report has already done our public debate a service by laying to rest the myth peddled by David Cameron and Nick Clegg last year that public sector worker pensions are gold-plated. As his interim report previously pointed out, the average public sector pension in 2009/10 was worth £6,500 and in local government just £4,000. To call this gold-plated is an insult to public sector workers.

According to Lord Hutton’s interim report, the average public sector pension in 2009/10 was worth £6,497 and in local government just £4,052.

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While I do sympathise with those workers who face paying more for their pensions, given that they will be the recipients of the said pensions, why shouldn’t they be expected to pay for them?

I think the opposition need to think long and carefully before they respond to this report. The easy response, which Angela Eagle’s remarks touch on, is to make short term political capital by a niggling, if not outright rejectionist, stance. In the short term this will play well with public sector workers (but not necessarily with private sector workers). But the question of public servant pensions is a long-term issue. One day Labour will be back in power, they will find that the issues in Hutton’s report are still valid, and still require resolution. It seems to me that a better approach from Labour might be to see if there is any common ground that can be agreed between them and the Government for the long term. This would not be easy for Labour because the unions are adamant in their opposition to change – but it would be to the advantage of a future Labour Government.

I hardly think that the virtually non-existent response from Labour today to this gross attack on the rights of millions of us can be described as a ‘slam’. As usual it was left to the unions to defend us. After all, a Labour Peer is putting the boot into us and the Labour party lets him get away with it. Ed Miliband is showing he is as New Labour as Blair and nothing has changed despite the hype.

I love it. Liebour are more split than the Tories in ’97. Your’re now attacking your own Lords!!!! (who was a Liebour Cabinet member only 3 years ago!!)

5. Jackson Plollock

Too right. I don’t think its as black and white as some people think.

Still though, some decent satire coming out of this:

http://bit.ly/hjhkzI


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