Government should accept IPSA’s judgement that full review, not arbitrary change, is the proper approach to reforming the pension contributions and pay of MPs and civil servants

27 February 2013

(For immediate release)

Dave Penman, FDA General Secretary, commented this morning on the news that IPSA (the body responsible for independently monitoring MPs' expenses, pay and pensions) intends to suspend the 1.85% intended increase in MPs' pension contributions this year.

Penman said: "FDA members are facing up to a 2.35% increase in pension contributions from this April - for the second year running - on top of a two-year pay freeze, and a 1% cap going forward. Suspension of even 1.85% of it would be welcome at a time of pay freezes, poorer terms and conditions, job losses and increased workloads.

"While it beggars belief that MPs will be the only part of central Government immune from the pension levy imposed by the Government itself, IPSA is absolutely right to say that it makes no sense to change employee contributions when all other elements of pay, terms and conditions and working practices are being reviewed.

"The FDA urges the Government to listen to IPSA and apply the same logic to its own staff. This is about fairness, not favours. With the gap widening between the total reward package for senior roles in the civil service and the private sector, and two-thirds of senior civil servants considering leaving, a similar review of pay and terms and conditions is long overdue."

Notes for editors

1. The FDA is the trade union for the UK's senior public servants and professionals. FDA membership includes more than 19,000 senior civil servants, government policy advisors, diplomats, tax professionals, economists, solicitors, prosecutors and other professionals work across government and the NHS.

2. The FDA's submission to the Government's consultation on the proposed increased to employee pension contributions from April 2013 can be read here.

3. The FDA (formerly the First Division Association) should be referred to simply as "The FDA" and can be described as "the senior public servants' union".

4. For further information contact:

  • Dave Penman, FDA General Secretary, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07967 503827.
  • Kay Hender, Communications Officer, tel: 020 7401 5589 or 07980 700747.