Labour is attempting to overturn a government ban on councillor access to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).
Last month, Department for Communities and Local Government's (DCLG) minister Brandon Lewis confirmed locally-elected politicians would not qualify for LGPS benefits from 1 April, as the scheme adopted LGPS 2014 reforms (PP Online, 11 March).
Councillors who are currently members of the scheme will have their access revoked at the end of the current local government term, regardless of their re-election.
Labour leader Ed Miliband has since filed an early-day motion to overturn the policy, co-sponsored by shadow communities and local government secretary Hilary Benn and backed by 27 MPs.
Benn blasted the decision to remove pensions from councillors in light of benefits provided to ministers.
He said: "It is hypocritical for ministers who are themselves saving for a ministerial pension to deny the same chance to councillors. It's one rule for them and another for everyone else."
DCLG's stance that councillors are volunteers, and therefore not eligible for pension rights, shows they do not appreciate the importance of diversity in politics, Benn added.
He said: "Are they seriously telling us that the leaders of our major cities, overseeing billion pound budgets are just 'volunteers'? Those who dedicate their time to public service should be seen as public servants.
"When ministers talk down and diminish the role of councillor all they do is damage the cause of localism and undermine the vitally important work that councillors of all political parties do for their communities."
The decision on whether to hold a debate on the issue will be made by the government, under parliamentary rules.
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