The Impact of the 2007-08 Changes to Public Service Pensions

The Impact of the 2007-08 Changes to Public Service Pensions

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In 2007-08, new pension schemes were introduced for civil servants, NHS staff and teachers, designed to make public service pensions affordable. The changes are likely to reduce costs to taxpayers of the pension schemes by Ap67 billion over 50 years, with costs stabilising at around 1% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) or 2% of public expenditure. The Committee is concerned that the Treasury did not test the potential impact of changes in some of the key assumptions underpinning the long-term cost projections. In addition, the Treasury has not tested whether reducing the value of pensions would affect the public sector's ability to recruit and retain high quality staff. Three-fifths of the savings to the taxpayer were expected to come from the cost sharing and capping mechanism - a transfer, from employers to employees, of extra costs that arise if pensioners live longer than previously expected. Employees would potentially pay 70% more for their pensions over the next 50 years if life expectancy continues to increase more than expected. Implementation remains on hold while the Government decides how to respond to the Independent Public Service Pensions Commission (the Hutton Commission). Public service employees do not have a clear understanding of the value of their pensions because they are not provided with clear and intelligible information to enable them to make rational decisions. Further changes to public service pensions are expected as Hutton's recommendations are implemented, but this should bring a period of stability and certainty for long-term public service pensions policy.REPORT BY THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL The impact of the 2007-08 changes to public service pensions (HC 662) Examination of Witness Witness: Dr Ros ... Again, you will probably know much more than I do about this, but the interesting thing is that, as I understand it, in EU and OECD countries, state pensions provide 80% of retirement income, and in the UK it is only 50%.

Title:The Impact of the 2007-08 Changes to Public Service Pensions
Author:Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Committee of Public Accounts, Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2011-05-26


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