Written answers

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government

Pension Provisions

12:00 pm

Photo of Richard BrutonRichard Bruton (Dublin North Central, Fine Gael)
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Question 282: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if retired members of the fire brigade are entitled to adjustments in their pensions to match serving officer allowances; and if his attention has been drawn to the fact that some local authorities have not passed the Saturday night allowance negotiated in 2008. [44055/09]

Photo of John GormleyJohn Gormley (Dublin South East, Green Party)
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Under section 159 of the Local Government Act 2001, each County and City Manager is responsible for staffing and organisational arrangements necessary for carrying out the functions of the local authorities for which he or she is responsible. Pensions of retired members of the Local Government Superannuation Scheme are generally increased in line with pay increases granted to serving staff. In circular letter S17/2004 of 18 October 2004, my Department confirmed the position regarding the method of applying pension increases to the emoluments (pensionable allowances) that are included as part of retiring pensionable pay in the case of former firefighters. It is a matter for each local authority to implement the increases in accordance with that circular.


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