UK - UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis has slated Government pensions adviser Douglas Anderson's statements on the cost of public sector pensions as "propagandist" and "wildly misleading".
Anderson, a partner with Hymans Robertson, said that 26% of council tax receipts went towards public sector pensions, but Prentis accused him of partaking in “dangerous one-sided propaganda” designed to whip up envy and resentment of council workers.
Prentis said: “Even the Tory chair of the Local Government Association, Sandy Bruce-Lockhart, who is trying to cut our members’ pensions, says only 3% of his council’s income goes towards pension costs.”
That figure will be much the same for every other council in the country, claimed Prentis.
“For England alone total council income last year was £119.6bn of which 2.7% was spent on pensions – less than 3p in the pound. Local government workers pay 6p in the pound towards their own pension.”
Money from council tax payers was just 16% of the money local councils have to spend. To say that only that bit is used to make sure local government workers have a pension when they retire is deliberately misleading, said Prentis. “Worse, it’s dangerous one-sided propaganda designed to whip up envy and resentment of low paid council workers.”
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