This is a pernicious article. It aims to undermine the pension rights of hard working local government staff and more widely public sector workers, under the guise of claims of inter-generational unfairness. In a population of over 60 million how relevant is it really to talk about an increase from 117 to 375 pensioners with large pensions! In the interest of balance how many private sector employees have six-figure pensions? It is another example of how people in the public sector are characterized as second class citizens unworthy of the same benefits as everyone else. There used to be an appreciation of something called “public service”…..

The number of people in the public sector’s largest pension schemes retiring on incomes of more than £100,000 has more than tripled in the past seven years, according to figures obtained by a charity promoting intergenerational fairness.

Pensions schemes covering the NHS, the civil service and the teaching profession were paying six-figure incomes last year to 375 retirees, up from 117 in 2010. 

Those in receipt of pensions higher than the UK’s average annual salary of about £28,600 also increased by 46% – up from 78,000 in 2010/11 to 115,000 in 2017/18.

The Intergenerational Foundation said the figures, which it obtained through freedom of information requests, illustrated a growing divide between the generations.

Angus Hanton, the co-founder of IF, said the figures excluded the state pension, which adds another £8,767 to the incomes of new retirees and would likely push the pensions of thousands more public sector workers above the average wage.

He said successive governments had sought to protect those close to retirement at the expense of a younger generation whose pensions would be much less generous.

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