Pensions (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
September 14, 2016
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM: The 1999 GLA Act did provide specifically for the Mayor and Assembly Members to receive pensions, which is very different to local authority councillors. Given that you agree that everybody should have a workplace pension, would you agree for officers to work up options for Members of this authority to be able to continue to receive a pension but within the existing pensions budget so that we would not be spending a penny more?

Supplementary To: 

Answer

Answer for Pensions (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Pensions (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London): Chairman, Assembly Members can ask officers to do whatever work they want them to do. I am quite clear: it was the Coalition Government that made the change.

 

Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM: I know. I am aware of that.

 

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London): Assembly Members, like the Mayor, are considered officeholders and, if the Assembly Member or the Assembly wants to commission work, it is a choice for them to do.

 

Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM: Ultimately, it needs to be a joint decision with the Mayor and the Assembly. If a solution is found within the existing budget, would you support that?

 

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London): I have made it clear in my answer, which is that if the Chairman wants to write to the Government, I am happy to provide a covering note and to look at what response the Government gives, if and when it gives a response.

 

Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM: That is not the question. That is different to, "Will you agree within the existing budget to support a scheme if it can be worked up and found to work?"

 

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London): I am happy to rehearse the answer I gave. I was quite clear in the answer I gave in relation to the consideration taken on board in relation to the conclusion that I have reached.

 

Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM: That is not actually answering the question. Thank you.