A pensioner in England’s second-biggest city, Leeds, has said he worries about pension reform in the UK and said the UK government should do more to address the shortfall.
A spokesman for the Leeds City Council said it had been asked to hold talks with the pensioner, who is also a trustee of Leeds’ St John’s Primary School, and other local residents to discuss the proposed changes to the city’s pension system.
Mr Brown said: I’ve been in this profession for more than 50 years, I have never seen the state of the pension system in the United Kingdom.
The council is asking the government to consider a new pension plan that would be funded through local taxation.
Council chairman Peter Brown said the council was asking the Government to consider proposals to fund the pension of its own trustees and other employees.
In the meantime, he said, the council would seek a new scheme, and work with its trustees to come up with an acceptable plan.
“The council has a fiduciary responsibility to provide the best possible pension to its trustees, and we will be seeking a plan from the government which is in the best interests of the city,” he said.
Leeds city council spokesman Peter Brown (pictured) said he wanted to talk to the pension fund, but was concerned about the pension reform proposal being made in the capital city Council treasurer Andrew Smith said the city council was seeking a new plan for its trustees and staff in Leeds.
He said the pension issue was a major concern and the council had already asked the Government for proposals to address it.
However, he also said the proposal would be a good one, given the city had a long history of pension issues.
“The city of Leeds has a very high rate of sickness payouts, it has a good quality of life, it’s a fantastic place to live and I’m hopeful that the Government will consider the proposal in Leeds,” Mr Smith said.
“We have a long legacy of pension problems here and I hope the city government will consider making some changes to address them.”
Leeds Mayor Ken Livingstone has been in touch with the council, but said it would not be able to provide an update until it received the proposal.
City pensioner John Brown said he was worried about pension reforms in the country but did not want to lose his pension after 20 years.
We will keep looking at this in Leeds and it’s something we are looking at as part of our discussions with the Government about pension changes, he told the BBC.
On Thursday, the BBC reported that the UK Government was set to launch its third consultation on the country’s retirement age after months of delays.
It was expected to be completed by next week.
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