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Tory MP points to £500bn liabilities on public schemes

Unfunded liabilities for public-sector pensions have exploded to £500bn, claims Conservative Shadow Treasury Chief Secretary Howard Flight.

At the Pensions in Crisis conference, Flight attacked Government pension policy and warned that private provision is going backwards.

He criticised the Government&#39s target of reversing the 60 per cent state and 40 per cent private provision split of pensions. Flight said there is a direct corollary between the £5bn annual tax on pension funds since 1997 and the accelerating closure of final-salary schemes.

He said the proportion of recently retired pensioners with an income from an occupational scheme has dropped to 59 per cent from 67 per cent since Labour came to power.

Flight hinted that Conservative policy is likely to embrace some form of universal pension for older pensioners around the level of the minimum income guarantee to tackle the spread of means-testing.

Flight said: “Off-balance-sheet unfunded Government liabilities for public sector pensions have ballooned to approximately £500bn. This is like an Animal Farm situation where those in Government have a wonderful time. I am surprised how tolerant the public have been.”

National Association of Pension Funds chief executive Christine Farnish said: “My children will not be able to get final-salary cover in the same way my generation could unless you work in the public sector.”


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