Pension Benefits

MQT on 2002-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Question By: 
Graham Tope
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Can you tell us what progress the GLA has made towards extending pension benefits for its employees and those of its functional bodies to same-sex and unmarried couples in the light of the recent review of the Local Government Pension Scheme?



Answer for Pension Benefits

Answer for Pension Benefits

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In April 2001 the GLA responded to a questionnaire from the London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA) indicating that it fully supported the proposal to amend the Local Government Pension Scheme to allow non-married employees who are contributing to the scheme to nominate a partner to receive a dependent's pension upon the death of the scheme member.In addition, in July last year I wrote to the Chair of the Local Government Pension Committee, with a copy to the Chief Executive of the LPFA, indicating my full support for a change to the pension scheme to allow same sex and unmarried partners to receive pension benefits. There is wide spread support for this long over due change. Unfortunately until there is legislation to enable change, the GLA cannot unilaterally alter its pension scheme in this way.The matter now rests with the Government to introduce statutory instruments to effect the changes and we should all continue to press them to get on with it. .