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Dominic pointed me to this -- havent fully read it yet but it looks interesting. Intro on the Parliment Website says:
Published 28 March 2012 | Standard notes SN06158
Authors: Antony Seely, Dominic Webb
TUC Press Release
Most people think strike effective and those who oppose it over-estimate level of public sector pensions On average, people think that the average public sector pension is around 14,000, according to a new YouGov poll commissioned by the TUC and published today (Wednesday). Asked what they think the average public sector pension should be people give an even higher figure.
Answering some agressive questioning over the Prospect ballot result of three to one in favour of strike action on a turnout of over 50%.
Prospect said both the vote and high turn-out reflect the deep anger among members at the Government’s actions in scrapping their existing scheme and imposing higher pension contributions, a later retirement age and the switch from RPI to CPI for uprating pensions
In April 2011, a Connect member submitted a freedom on Information (FOI) request to the Department of Works & Pensions (DWP) asking for "all meetings, discussions, correspondences etc that the Minister for Pensions or DWP had with BT or their agents from 1 January 2009".
On 24th May 2011, Ian Garland from DWP responded. He included with that a redacted letter from Linklaters on behalf of BT which they had sent in response to the document "The Pension Protection Fund and Occupational Pension Schemes (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2010 Consultation on Draft Regulations" dated October 2009. The response deals with the interaction between the crown guarantee and the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).
The DWP also included an included a redacted exchange of email correspondence on the same subject between the DWP and Linklaters. That email refers to the government response to that consultation and gives a link to the regulations as enacted http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2010/196/contents/made.
The DWP also included a documents entitled "Risk Sharing: information for employers considering making changes to Defined Benefit pension schemes" Authored by Sue Barbosa in March 2010 for the DWP. A very interesting albiet lengthy and detailed documents at 54 pages.
Consultation by George Osborne on proposals by the Government to replace National Insurance contributions with increases in general taxation
The Chancellor’s plans to replace NI by raising the basic tax rate form 20 to 32 percent which would increase the tax paid by pensioners on their company pensions by 60 percent.