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Cabinet Secretary letter

The following letter is the response from the Cabinet Secretary to questions in a letter from Hugo Swire MP on the actions of civil servants in the Deputy Prime Minister's Office.

Civil Service Pensions issue

You may have read about proposed changes to Civil Service pensions. We want to ensure that all civil servants understand the position of the Government and the following statement was issued by the Cabinet Office at the weekend.

Statement from the Cabinet Office

The Government stands by the deal negotiated between Alan Johnson and the public service unions some months ago. The Government is committed to providing a sustainable, defined benefit, index linked pension to public sector employees.

There are scheme specific issues to be addressed. The process has already been successful with the teaching unions and further negotiations are to take place with the health service and civil service unions.

The Government is not going back on the public service forum agreement. What it is striving to do is reach agreement with civil service unions on pension arrangements for both existing staff and new entrants.

The agreement the Government wants to reach for the civil service pension is a sustainable, defined benefit, index linked pension.