Pensions: Devolved Matters

Treasury written question – answered on 7th September 2020.

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Photo of Alan Brown Alan Brown Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons public service pensions in Northern Ireland are devolved but a reserved matter for the Scottish Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The devolved nations and their respective devolution settlements are different. As such, the devolution settlements in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland provide different powers to each of the respective Devolved Legislatures and to Devolved Administration Ministers.

The devolution of most aspects of public service pensions policy in Northern Ireland reflects the unique features of that devolution settlement. Public service pensions are a reserved matter for Scotland. In practice, there are some differences across the main Scottish public service pension schemes in respect of consent requirements for secondary legislation, reflecting differences in funding, and there are some smaller fully devolved pension schemes for certain fully devolved public sector bodies.

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