Public Sector Pension Levy – Current Position

Many of our retired Gardai may be asking – what achievements has the Alliance of Retired Public Servants made in the last year to restore the pension-cuts imposed under “The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (FEMPI) ?  Recently, a Parliamentary Question (PQ) was tabled by Mr. Jerry Buttermer TD., on the issue.  The answer to his PQ below gives a clear message to us of the success of the Alliance of Retired Public Servants on this VIP matter.

Public Sector Pensions Levy

  1. Deputy Jerry Buttimer   asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform   if reductions in the Public Sector Pension Levy will apply equally to those who are working and those who are retired; when he anticipates that reductions in the Pension Levy will be made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21468/15]

Reply by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin):

The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts (FEMPI), provided for the implementation with effect from March 2009 of a Pension Related Deduction (PRD) or sometimes known as the “Pension Levy”. The PRD applies on a progressive basis to the annualised remuneration of public servants currently employed. It does not apply to retired public servants. The recently announced proposals formulated by the Labour Relations Commission in relation to the Lansdowne Road Agreement provide inter alia for a two-step increase in the exemption threshold from €15,000 per annum to €28,750 in 2016 which will give an annualised reduction in PRD liability to each public servant of up to €1,000 per annum.

The Public Service Pension Reduction (PSPR), commencing 1 January 2011, applies to retired public servants and imposed reductions on annual public service pensions in payment in excess of €12,000, using a progressively tiered set of bands and rates. In relation to the impact of PSPR on the income of public service pensioners I met with representatives of retired public service pensioners in May 2013 and indicated at that time that it was my intention as a matter of priority to move towards reducing the burden of public service pension reductions, with the initial focus on the people in receipt of low pensions, at the earliest date economic progress permits.  I also met with the representatives of the Alliance of Retired Public Servants in March last and further meetings have been held between the Association and my officials regarding issues raised in a detailed presentation and submission made by the Alliance in recent weeks.

Following the recently announced proposals formulated by the Labour Relations Commission in relation to the Lansdowne Road Agreement  on 29 May last, I indicated it is my intention to begin the orderly restoration of public service pension reductions made in recent years. In line with my stated commitments I will be bringing detailed proposals to Government shortly for approval providing for a reduction in the impact of the PSPR on public service pensions.

N.B.

The Garda Síochána Retired Members’ Association (GSRMA) representatives on the Alliance of Retired Public Servants during the period were Gerry Blake and Paschal Feeney.

 

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7 Responses to Public Sector Pension Levy – Current Position

  1. Noel June 12, 2015 at 11:46 am #

    Excellent progress made by the Allience.
    Just goes to show that numbers count when an election is looming
    Keep the pressure up and beware of relaxing on foot of a promise.

    Noel G
    Naas Branch

  2. Arthur O June 12, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

    Much too little! Much too late!

    Totally unacceptable indicators by Minister Howlin. There is absolutely no comfort or remedy to existing major financial woes contained in what the Minister has to say, even if we were to believe him.

    We’re far too conservative in our approach, giving the impression we’re alright. Most of us are not.

    We’ve been treated with utter contempt!

    With a General Election approaching all candidates must be shown our displeasure for the original austerity measures unfairly implemented via the introduction of emergency legislation allowing government default on our paid-up entitlements.
    We all know that a peacemeal approach in this regard is not however near enough.

    Any good ideas out there capable of turning the government approach around especially when the overall figure involved amounted to no more than .029% of a saving in 2014 government expenditure.

    There is more than just expenditure savings involved in all of this! I would recommend that existing serving members of An Garda Siochana and indeed all public servants should take note of this when planning their retirement pensions.

    They and all of their families and extended family should also address this with candidates contending the next General Election.

  3. michael
    michael June 12, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

    Way too little, too late and with no specific date for restoration.

  4. anthony kennelly June 12, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    There has been no progress made in relation to our pension reduction and Mr Buttimers letters only sets out what has been said by the government after the signing of the Lansdowne Road agreement . This cannot be read as the Alliance of Retired Public Servants making progress on our behalf.

  5. John June 12, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

    This needs to explained a lot better. People up to €28,750 will be exempt. Does this mean that anybody over that will still pay the levy on all pension ?

  6. Noel June 12, 2015 at 7:34 pm #

    This is great activity by the Alliance of Retired Public Servants. Keep on the pressure we have the numbers & numbers are votes. There is a need for major progress with a definite outcome long before any election otherwise this will all be left on the back burner once again.

  7. christopher noel June 17, 2015 at 11:53 am #

    more crumbs from the table

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