The Government has also failed in its pledge to prevent future Prime Ministers and Lord Chancellors taking grace and favour pensions.
In January 2008, the Government said it would enact the changes to benefits for future leaders, recommended by the Senior Salaries Review Board, later that year. Brown and Straw both pledged to abide by the new rules.
A Downing Street spokesman claims that the legislation will be taken forward “as soon as Parliamentary time allows” but a general election, which could see the Labour lose power, is pegged for May 6.
He adds: “The voluntary agreements from Gordon Brown and Jack Straw mean they have refused to benefit from the arrangement, regardless of legislation.”
The Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor and Speaker of the House of Commons are entitled to half their final salary, regardless of length of service, as soon as they leave office.This comes from the consolidated fund where tax revenue is paid.
In 2009/10 Brown’s ministerial salary entitlement was £132,923 making him eligible for a pension of £66,461.50 a year.
They can also get around 1/40th of an MP’s pay for each year of service from 1991 from the Parliamentary scheme.
If the proposals are enacted, future post holders will receive the pension benefits available to Cabinet members.
Secretaries of State get around 1/40th of their ministerial pay for as long as they are in the Cabinet and 1/40th of their pay for as long as they were an MP. This kicks in from age 65.
The Conservatives refused to confirm if they would follow through with the proposals if they win the election.
Pensions expert Ros Altmann says: “This is another example of the Government making promises about pensions and not keeping them, hoping people will not realise.”