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Public Sector: Pensions

Treasury written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Bill Esterson Bill Esterson Labour, Sefton Central

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on the level of pensions of the uprating of public sector pensions for (a) current and (b) future pensioners.

Photo of Danny Alexander Danny Alexander The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Public service pensions in payment (or deferral) are uprated annually according to consumer prices index, through the statutory link to the indexation of the state second pension.

On 6 December 2011, Hansard, columns 163-65, the Minister with responsibility for pensions my hon. Friend Steve Webb confirmed in an oral statement to Parliament that the state second pension will be increased by 5.2% in April 2012. The level of public service pensions for current pensioners will therefore also increase by 5.2%.

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