The crisis is not of our making "The price of this financial crisis is being borne by people who absolutely did not cause it, now is the period when the cost is being paid, I'm surprised that the degree of public anger has not been greater than it has.“ Mervyn King – addressing the Treasury Select Committee
12/10/2014 Public Sector Pensions - What Are The Key Issues We Face? Change to the way pension increases are calculated – RPI/CPI Scheme contribution increases Retirement age increases Benefit changes to career average Fair Deal – TUPE transfers and pensions
12/10/2014 22 nd June 2010 – Emergency Budget outlined the change from RPI (Retail Price Index) to CPI (Consumer Price Index) What does this mean to me? CPI is typically on average 0.7% per year lower than RPI, therefore your pension will now increase at a lower level. ATTACK NUMBER 1 THE CHANGE FROM RPI TO CPI
12/10/2014 IMPLICATIONS OF CPI CPI RPI April 2011 April 2011 3.1% 4.6% Even Govt. Advisers say this change will mean an average cut of 15% in pension benefit As a result of the 2010 Emergency Budget LGPS members are likely to lose a quarter of the value of their pensions over the next 25 years.
12/10/2014 Contribution Increases The Government announced a cut in funding to our pension schemes of £3.8 billion a year by 2014/15 What does this mean?: This means that you will be paying just over a 3.2% contribution increase into your pension – 50% MORE THAN YOU CURRENTLY PAY! THIS IS EFFECTIVELY A GOVERNMENT TAX OF £4 BILLION TAX ON PUBLIC SECTOR PENSION SCHEMES ATTACK NUMBER 2
12/10/2014 Attack 3 – The possible move away from a final salary scheme Lord Hutton stated in his Interim Report of 7 October that final salary schemes “disproportionately” favour high flyers He has recommended switching to a career average scheme for public service workers by the end of the next parliament – i.e. 2015 Crucially he has stated that each year’s pension earned should increase in line with increases in average earnings ATTACK NUMBER 3 Move away from a final salary scheme Lord Hutton stated in his Interim Report on 7 th October that final salary schemes “disproportionately” favour high flyers. He has recommended switching to a career average scheme by the end of the next parliament = 2015.
12/10/2014 This is a scheme that rather than base benefits on the final salary you retire on it calculates them on your average earnings during your scheme membership Such a scheme could potentially benefit members whose annual salary increases are generally less than the index used to increase pensionable pay and who are unlikely to benefit from regular promotions There is no detail yet so UNISON cannot comment on it. The CARE scheme must not be a cost-cutting exercise What is a career average scheme?
12/10/2014 ATTACK NUMBER 4 INCREASING THE STATE PENSION RETIREMENT AGE (SPA) From November 2018, the SPA will be 65 for men and women. From April 2020, the SPA will be 66 for both men and women. Under current legislation the SPA is due to rise to 67 between 2034 -2036 and 68 between 2044 - 2046
12/10/2014 For those now 34 or younger it will be 68. For those between 34 and 42 it is 67. For those between 42 to around 57 it will be 66.
12/10/2014 Contribution increases A move from RPI to CPI for increasing pensions A possible move away from a final salary scheme Increasing retirement ages A worsening position for TUPE transferred members A Summary of What Would Happen if They Get Away With This
12/10/2014 So, You Want us to Pay More? Work Longer? to Get Less?
12/10/2014 LET THE FAT CATS PAY FOR THEIR OWN MISTAKES JOIN UNISON IN ITS CAMPAIGN TO SAVE OUR PENSIONS