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Human rights committee to examine judges’ pensions

The Judicial Pensions Bill, which proposes to exempt judges from being taxed on pension pots over 1.5m, is to be scrutinised by Parliament’s joint committee on human rights.

The cross-party committee – which can propose changes to the law but has no actual veto – will consider whether the bill contravenes any European human rights laws before it is put through Parliament. It will be assessed alongside other such contentious bills as the Asylum and Nationality, Northern Ireland Counter- Terrorism and Violent Crime Reduction Bills.

The bill caused a furore when it was first mooted last November as the rest of the UK workforce faces a 40 per cent recovery tax on pension assets over 1.5m after A-Day.

But it has been praised by the FDA – the union of senior managers and professionals in public services – as a means to encourage and retain top quality judges.

The FDA is calling for the exemption to be extended to senior NHS managers, police officers and other senior public officials.

Informed Choice managing director Nick Bamford says: “There are more important things for the Government to be worrying about than some old guy in a wig getting a pension of over 1.5m.”

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