(1) how much was spent on the police pension scheme in each year since 1980-81; what forecasts she has made of how much will be spent in each year between 2007-08 and 2050-51; how many members of the scheme there are; and if she will make a statement;
(2) what the cost of pension provision to each constabulary was in each year since 1997; and what percentage of the budget of each force this represented in each of those years.
The information requested on the total cost of police pensions and on the cost of pension provision as a share of police spending for each constabulary for the years before 2006-07 is not held centrally as the administration of the police pension schemes is the responsibility of individual police authorities. Information on financial statistics, including expenditure on police pensions and overall spending, for police forces is included in the annual reports published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). This information is gathered independently of the Home Office.
However, the system for financing police pensions changed on
Figures from the annual police pensions financing reporting cycle show that based on police forces' unaudited accounts for 2006-07, the estimated pensions expenditure from forces' pensions accounts under the new system across the service was £1.96 billion—£1.46 billion net of the contributions made by serving officers.
The following figures are the most recently published projections of total future expenditure on police pensions in England and Wales, net of the contributions made by serving officers. These were produced by the Government Actuary's Department (GAD) as part of the consultation process on the new system for funding police pensions in 2005. GAD advise that in view of the time elapsed since the figures were produced they should be viewed only as indicative as the likely future trend of police pensions expenditure. No projections are available for 2013-14 to 2050-51.
The following table outlines figures for the expenditure of each police force on employer contributions for police pension purposes, based on their unaudited accounts, set against each force's budget requirement for 2006-07 as a percentage.
Membership figures are not held centrally, but we estimate that there are approximately 140,000 active members of one or other of the two Police Pension Schemes. We also estimate that there are approximately 120,000 police pensioners, including survivor pensions, and a further 20,000 police deferred pensioners. This gives a total estimate of 280,000 members of the police pension schemes.
|Financial year||Estimated pensions expenditure (£ billion)|
|Financial year 2006-07|
|Police force||Budget requirement 2006||Un-audited accounts 2006-07 Employers contributions (£000)||percentage of budget|
|Avon and Somerset||236,729,347||26,609||11.240|
|City of London||61,206,000||7,556||12.345|
|Devon and Cornwall||246,273,836||27,233||11.058|