Early day motion 946

FIREFIGHTERS' ADDITIONAL PENSION CONTRIBUTIONS

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Total number of signatures: 96

Abbott, Diane Ainsworth, Bob Anderson, David Barron, Kevin
Betts, Clive Bottomley, Peter Brown, Nicholas Campbell, Ronnie
Caton, Martin Clark, Katy Clwyd, Ann Connarty, Michael
Cooper, Rosie Corbyn, Jeremy Crausby, David Cryer, John
Cunningham, Alex Cunningham, Jim Cunningham, Tony Davidson, Ian
Dobbin, Jim Dodds, Nigel Donaldson, Jeffrey Doran, Frank
Durkan, Mark Edwards, Jonathan Ellman, Louise Engel, Natascha
Esterson, Bill Evans, Nigel Field, Frank Fitzpatrick, Jim
Flynn, Paul Francis, Hywel Galloway, George Gapes, Mike
Gilmore, Sheila Glass, Pat Glindon, Mary Godsiff, Roger
Hain, Peter Hamilton, Fabian Hancock, Mike Havard, Dai
Henderson, Gordon Hepburn, Stephen Hermon, Lady Hoey, Kate
Hood, Jim Hopkins, Kelvin Hosie, Stewart Howarth, George
Huppert, Julian Jackson, Glenda Lavery, Ian Lazarowicz, Mark
Llwyd, Elfyn Long, Naomi Lucas, Caroline Mann, John
Marsden, Gordon McCrea, Dr William McDonnell, Alasdair McDonnell, John
McGovern, Jim Meale, Alan Mearns, Ian Mitchell, Austin
Morden, Jessica Morrice, Graeme Morris, Grahame M Mudie, George
Murphy, Paul Osborne, Sandra Owen, Albert Riordan, Linda
Ritchie, Margaret Robertson, Angus Rotheram, Steve Roy, Lindsay
Ruane, Chris Ruddock, Joan Shannon, Jim Sheerman, Barry
Simpson, David Skinner, Dennis Streeter, Gary Vaz, Valerie
Walley, Joan Watts, Dave Weir, Mike Williams, Hywel
Williamson, Chris Wood, Mike Roy Woodward, Shaun Wright, David

That this House recognises that firefighters in the 1992 Firefighters' Pension Scheme currently pay 12.9 per cent of their salary into an unfunded scheme; is concerned at the Government's proposal which will take their contributions to 14.2 per cent from 1 April 2014; notes that a firefighter earning £1,650 per month net will pay around £340 a month or £4,000 a year in employee contributions; further notes that firefighters who are members of the 2006 New Firefighters Pension Scheme will pay around 12.6 per cent by April 2015 and will have seen an increase of 4.1 per cent in just four years; acknowledges that a recent YouGov survey of over 6,000 firefighters found that 43 per cent of respondents would be likely or very likely to opt out of the pension scheme if the Government's proposals were implemented although 78 per cent of these would reconsider their decision if the Government did not impose the full increase; is concerned that the Treasury's initial forecast of £72.6 million savings over three years from these increases is based on an opt-out rate of one per cent, with every percentage opt out costing the scheme £3.5 million per annum in lost contributions and an opt-out rate of over seven per cent would nullify the Government's projected savings; believes that the proposed contribution increase is self-defeating, unworkable and will destabilise the firefighters' pension scheme; and calls on the Government to enter into meaningful negotiations with the Fire Brigades Union and reconsider its intransigence on firefighters paying such high additional pension contributions.