Rule of 85

Part of Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions – in the Scottish Parliament at 11:40 am on 27th April 2006.

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Photo of Tom McCabe Tom McCabe Labour 11:40 am, 27th April 2006

The Scottish Executive has reviewed and tested the legal advice and we have concluded that the rule of 85 has to be removed to be consistent with European Council directive 2000/78/EC. We are in discussions with trade unions, people who are employed in local government and other people who are covered by the scheme, because we recognise that its removal creates an anomaly.