The £1 billion cut to public sector pensions means that schemes will be slashed by:
- NHS—£530 million
Civil service—£180 million
Some 1.5 million teachers, civil service workers and nurses will have to pay an average of £10 a month more for their pension. Many will have to pay far more.
The government’s own examples show the scale of the attacks on two civil service pension schemes.
Jane earns £25,000 a year. “Jane’s contributions currently cost her £25 per month after tax,” it says.
“Jane’s contributions will cost her £20 per month more.” That’s a total of £45.
Hayley, who is in a different scheme, earns £16,000 a year. “Hayley’s contributions currently cost her just over £37 per month after tax. Hayley’s contributions will cost her just under an additional £7 per month.” A total of £44.
In the NHS, a full-time nurse earning £25,700 will face paying an extra £20 a month.
And despite government claims, public sector pensions are far from gold-plated:
- Over 90 percent are less than £17,000 a year.
The health service average is £7,500—and only £3,000 for women.
Those earning less than £15,000 a year won’t pay more, the government claims. But the attack comes on top of a pay freeze and soaring prices—a pay cut in real terms.
And a change to the way in which pensions increases are calculated—to the lower CPI rate of inflation—is taking money from all workers.