Pensions (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
September 14, 2016
Question By: 
Siân Berry
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Sian Berry AM: The Green Group would just like to agree with Assembly Member Pidgeon that we ought to be looking at working something up within the current budget and that it does provide for a pension.

 

I wanted to ask the Mayor what message he thinks he is sending to someone from a normal background who is maybe aspiring to be Mayor or an Assembly Member and takes that very seriously as a proper job - as we expect our Mayor and Assembly Members to do - if he is denying them access to any kind of workplace pension, unlike other workers?

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Answer

Answer for Pensions (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Pensions (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London): I understand the concerns expressed and it is good to see cross-party support on an issue, even if it is pensions for Assembly Members and the Mayor. Councillors work incredibly hard, many are fulltime, many have given up a paid job - often on high salaries - to become councillors and many have given up a pension they had. They are considered "officeholders", as indeed is the Mayor and Assembly Members.

 

The same points that she makes powerfully, that I agree with, in relation to future Assembly Members are points that should be made in relation to councillors and executive mayors as well. I make the point that I asked the LGA in relation to other councils and executive mayors who have taken a decision outside of the LGPS to set up a separate pension provider. Only one had done so and that was only for the mayor and executive members of the cabinet. However, if Assembly Members want to do some further work on this, then it is clearly a matter for them.