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Magazine article Public Finance

Responses to Blogs and News on Publicfinance.Co.UK

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Before the pension strike

Dave Prentis' claim that union members had 'no alternative' but to take action attracted a range of responses

* MIKE: It is interesting that local government pensions are deemed unsustainable when benefits accrue at one-sixtieth for each year of service while MPs' accrual rate of one-fortieth for each year does not warrant government attention. They may pay higher contributions but council workers would welcome the choice.

* RICHARD W: On Newsnight Francis Maude just about admitted through gritted teeth that this was a political policy decision and that the pensions are not financially unsustainable.

... And after

Francis Maude's indictment of 'irresponsible public sector strikers' provoked some comments

* HARRY KEANE: There was no talk of irresponsibility when the whole of the great British workforce took a day off to celebrate the royal wedding. …

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