Town hall pensions costing council taxpayers £300 each a year


Town hall pensions are costing council taxpayers £300 each a year, as costs almost double in the last four years, it was suggested yesterday.

The sharp increase in pension payouts to bin men, social workers and town planners was condemned by politicians who said taxpayers should not be forced to pick up the bill amid the recession.

Caroline Spelman, shadow secretary of state for Communities and Local Government, said: “Town hall pensions are now costing every taxpaying household almost £300 a year – equivalent to a quarter of everyone’s council tax bill going on pension costs, rather than emptying bins or cleaning streets.

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