Taxpayers should not fork out more for public pensions

After wiping my eyes with a tissue I decided to reply to Patrick Gordon (Average Public Pension is a modest £7,800 YourSay, December20 ).

The average pension payment depends upon many factors such as years service, full-time or part-time, and final salary upon retirement.

I would wager the average private pension figures would give us all a shock, especially from those who receive no employer contribution.

It is a fact that the taxpayer is stumping up for Calderdale employees’ pensions and this has risen over the last seven or so years at a frightening rate. Cllr Baines did his research before he stated that figure but I doubt Mr Gordon realises that.

The Hutton report was commissioned (under the last Labour Government) to look at how to greatly reduce the burden of the (around) £18bn a year to prop up the public sector pension payments. As for them being “tagged to CPI rather than RPI” then I suggest he tells me which private sector pensions (that is those which are left in final salary mode as most are now gone) are linked to RPI. In fact most (and especially for new employees) are not incremental at all!

Most of his letter was emotional blurb and not addressing the fact that anyone who has a private sector pension and a public sector one will tell you without doubt which is paying the better. If you are lucky enough to be in a public sector scheme then I suggest you stick to it like glue because there is nothing to match it outside I can assure you.

When I started out my working life I was told I would get half pay after 40 years from my pension. Well those 40 years are up and I am seeing about a third pay. Why? Because of Gordon Brown’s vile raid on what was then the best country for private pension schemes in Europe, while he basks in a non-contributory golden pension.

That Mr Gordon is the anger felt by many when they see strikers wanting the taxpayer (many without such good pension schemes) to dig even deeper to support theirs. Got it yet?

Cllr Roger Taylor (Con, Northowram and Shelf Ward)