£32 million for police and fire fighters pensions

SNP MSP Nigel Don, a member of the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee, has
welcomed the injection of £32 million by the SNP Government to meet the extra
cost of revised pension arrangements for police officers and fire
fighters.

Mr Don also said this showed the SNP Government stepping in to
fund payments after the refusal of the UK Treasury to stick to its financial
obligations and to provide funds from Barnett Consequentials to pay for pension
changes for the police and fire and rescue services initiated across the UK by
the Home Office.

Commenting Mr Don said:

"This extra £32 million
for the pensions of police officers and fire fighters north of the border is
very welcome and shows that the SNP Government is determined to deliver for
members of the emergency services.

"The refusal of the London Treasury to
meet the extra costs will help end the uncertainty they have caused by failing
to treat our police officers and fire fighters the same way as their colleagues
south of the border.

"By meeting these costs the SNP Government has put
the onus on the UK government to meet the obligations of those Barnett
Consequentials and provide the extra funding they have accessed south of the
border.

"The comments from both the Scottish Police Federation and Fire
Brigades Union will add to that pressure.

"I also welcome the
announcement that the Scottish Government is actively discussing the long term
pensions issues by looking to a joint solution with COSLA and representatives of
the Police and Fire services. The Labour Government in London may not be willing
to honour it's responsibilities to Scotland's fire and police forces but from
today's announcement it is clear the Scottish Government takes it's obligation
to these vital workers very seriously."