Public Sector Pensions


The most generous pension scheme - Telegraph
15 November 2014
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Daily Telegraph Comment piece by Richard Dyson discussing the generosity of the Bank of England’s pension scheme and Ros' comments.


Council taxpayers could save £660m in local authority pension reforms
2 May 2014
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The DCLG is proposing reforms to the way local authority pension schemes invest which could save council taxpayers £660m a year - or more than 10% of the cost of council staff pension contributions, by pooling assets into Common Investment Funds to benefit from economies of scale and cut investment charges


Ros on the BBC Daily Politics Show
25 October 2012
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Ros was the guest on Andrew Neil's BBC Daily Politics Show. Discussing economic growth figures, public sector pensions, women on boards and Dog of the Year!


IPSA - MPs pay and pensions
23 June 2012
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Ros was asked to submit her views to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority investigation into appropriate pay and pensions for MPs. This is her submission


National Accounts figures for pension spending
27 April 2012
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Ros comments on the ONS first national accounts estimates of future pension spending, showing £7trillion of liabilities for past pension promises, with far more still to accrue, and a high share going to public sector pension payments.


Citywire Pension predictions 2012
January 2012
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Citywire asked Ros for her predictions on pensions policy and public sector pensions for 2012.


A very generous offer!
3 November 2011
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Press Release explaining that the Government's latest and much improved offer to the public sector unions is very generous and, if they understood it, surely the workers would accept it.


Ros comments on the improved public sector pensions offer
3 November 2011
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Ros analyses the new Treasury offer to public sector workers and explains why it seems worryingly generous - she calls for the cost estimates of the reform to be made public and warns of the dangers of a long-term deal.


Sunday Post - Reality Check for Pensions
12 March 2011
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Article published in Sunday Post discussing the need for people to understand the costs and risks of pensions and public sector workers to appreciate the value of their pensions.


Express: Governments pretended for too long we can afford it
8 October 2010
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Article published in Daily Express explaining the Hutton Review's interim conclusions about public sector pensions.


Guardian blog on Hutton Review
7 October 2010
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Ros wrote for the Guardian Comment about the possible reforms to public sector pensions.


Telegraph 'Expert View' - The Challenge of Pension Reform
2 October 2010
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Article published in Daily Telegraph 'Expert View' Column in the Money section, calling on the Coalition to rise to the challenge of proper pension reform.


FT article - A level playing field for pensions?
14 August 2010
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Ros' article published in Financial Times Money Section, and website, outlining her thoughts on pension reform to create a more level playing field between public and private sector pensions.


End contracting out to improve pension fairness
2 August 2010
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Press Release highlighting Ros' recommendations for public sector pension reform in her response to the Hutton Review. She makes the case for ending contracting out.


Response to Hutton Public Service Pension Review
31 July 2010
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Ros' formal written response to John Hutton's review of Public Service Pensions.


Public sector pensions in a time warp
7 July 2010
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Press Release following report by the Independent Public Sector Pensions Commission, explaining why we need to consider public sector pension reforms urgently. View the press release online here.


Comments on Hutton Review of Public Sector pensions
30 June 2010
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Ros' comments calling for Hutton review of public sector pensions to provide independent input on true costs and affordability of public pension commitments.


Express - public sector pensions must change
16 June 2010
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Article published in Daily Express commenting on Nick Clegg's speech that public sector pensions are unfair and unaffordable. Here is a link to the article http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/181155.


Citywire interview on public sector pensions
30 October 2009
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Ros was interviewed by Citywire and asked to give her thoughts on public sector pensions - the need for transparency and independent assessment. Click here to read the article on the Citywire website.


Citywire blog - ending the pensions aristocracy
30 October 2009
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Ros comments on latest figures from the Office for National Statistics showing a growing divide between pension provision in the public and private sectors. She calls for an urgent independent inquiry to assess the situation. Here is a link to the blog too.


Guardian blog - public sector pensions will change
26 August 2009
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Guardian comment where Ros discusses the problems of public sector pensions and that change is inevitable.


Public Sector Pensions Aristocracy
17 June 2009
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Ros gave a speech at London School of Economics Pensions Programme seminar on the benefits of public sector pensions and the growing divide between public and private sector pension arrangements. These are the slides she presented.


Daily Express – Public sector pension costs must be exposed
26 May 2009
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Article published in the Daily Express explaining that transparency on the costs of MPs pensions and all other public sector pension schemes is even more important than the exposure of MPs expense claims.


We need an independent inquiry into public sector pensions
December 2008
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Letter published in Financial World magazine highlighting the lack of transparency in public sector pensions and calling for an independent inquiry into the developing public sector pensions aristocracy.


Public sector pensions aristocracy
November 2008
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Article published in the Yorkshire Post contrasting the effects of the credit crunch on private sector and public sector schemes and calling for transparency on accounting for public sector pensions.


Transparency needed urgently on public sector pensions
8 September 2008
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Press Release highlighting the generosity of public sector pensions relative to private schemes and calling for transparency in the costs and accounting for these significant future liabilities.


Public sector pensions far more generous than private sector
September 2008
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Figures prepared for Daily Mail showing the number of years it would take public sector and private sector workers to accrue the same level of pension.


Public sector pensions and pay far better than private sector
September 2008
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Latest official statistics show that both pay and pensions are far better for public sector workers than comparable private sector workers.


Q&A on Public sector pensions
September 2008
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Some frequently asked questions about the generosity of UK public sector pensions.


Reform of Public Sector pensions
June 2007
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Article written for Public Servant magazine outlining some expected developments in the public sector pensions debate.


FT letter on the injustice of unfunded public sector pensions being contracted out
November 2006
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Letter published in the Financial Times explaining that unfunded public sector pensions are contracted out of the national insurance system and that this is economically nonsensical, merely allowing public sector workers and employers to pay lower national insurance and passing the costs onto future taxpayers.


Prudential is advising customers to contract back in, why not abolish contracting out?
December 2005
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Press Release explaining why contracting out should be abolished as part of radical pension reform and most providers are already advising their clients that they should not remain contracted out.


Contracting-out has failed
September 2005
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Article published in Financial Adviser on 8th Sepetmber 2005, following the FSA study of contracting out, demonstrating that this has provided poor value and explaining Ros’s view that contracting out should be abolished as part of radical pension reforms in the UK.


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