Prof Philip Booth comments on the government's latest pensions announcement
“Danny Alexander has suggested that the public sector pensions deal announced today was a ‘deal for a generation’. It may be a good deal for the current generation of public sector workers – especially those near retirement –but it is certainly not a good deal for the next generation of taxpayers.
“The government has improved its offer to trades unions in such a way that all the increase in costs are deferred until after the coalition has left office. The government should not be adding to implicit public sector debt, it should be trying to deal with the problem.
“Unfortunately, the government has put itself in a position where it can be held to ransom by the trades unions because it has decided to centralise these negotiations. A better outcome could have been obtained by ensuring that public sector employers and employees paid the full cost of their pension arrangements out of overall budgets set by the Treasury. Different parts of the public sector could then have chosen different pensions arrangements to suit local conditions.”
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