Civil Servants on a Pension. and a Wage Too
Byline: Andrew Picken SCOTTISH POLITICAL EDITOR
A GROWING army of civil servants in Scotland is exploiting an employment loophole that allows them to be paid twice.
Taxpayers are being forced to foot the bill as dozens of Scottish Government staff draw their publicly-funded pensions - while still continuing to be paid a salary.
The staggering deal allows civil servants to 'partially retire' from their jobs by reducing their hours, but make up the earnings shortfall by accessing their pension pot early.
A little-known rule in the Civil Service pension scheme was changed in 2008 to allow public sector workers to partially retire, but only if their salary was reduced by at least 20 per cent.
Figures obtained by the Scottish Mail on Sunday show that 94 Scottish Government workers have taken up the generous arrangement.
Included in this haul are three workers who enjoy annual salaries of more than [pounds sterling]66,000, despite working only part-time.
The revelations will be a bitter blow for the many private sector workers who do not even have a pension - even though they have to fund those of state employees.
TaxPayers' Alliance spokesman Emma Boon said: 'Taxpayers are sick of hearing about the civil servants we pay twice - it should be pension or pay, not both.
'Many people are struggling to save for their own retirement, so it will stick in their throat to see public sector workers partially retiring early with generous taxpayer-funded pension pots.' Figures released under freedom of information laws show that a total of 94 permanent staff at the Scottish Government work part-time and at the same time receive their pension. This includes three people who earn more than [pounds sterling]66,671, 14 who earn between [pounds sterling]43,736 and [pounds sterling]66,671, and a further 40 members of staff who earn between [pounds sterling]22,173 and [pounds sterling]40,173. …