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Government pension plans 'show up political ideology'

31/05/2011 Kelly
Government plans relating to pensions for teachers and other public sector workers are "driven by political ideology and not necessity", it has been claimed.

According to the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), the "facts to not back up what the government wants to do".

ATL general secretary Dr Mary Bousted said the Public Accounts Committee report into the plans shows that the cost of public sector pensions are not spiralling out of control, like it has been claimed.

"The government has failed to produce any evidence to show whether savings of £67 billion are adequate because it has not calculated what the country can afford. This failure shows only too clearly that the government has been negotiating in a vacuum. It keeps telling us that pensions are too expensive but won't tell us what it can afford," she commented.

Dr Bousted added that the government has shown that it is incapable of undertaking any joined-up thinking.

The ATL represents approximately 160,000 professionals working in the education sector.

Posted by Dolcie Thacker
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