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CONFUSION REMAINS ON PENSIONS

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Regulations which will open the local government pension scheme to more temporary staff come into effect next week....
Regulations which will open the local government pension scheme to more temporary staff come into effect next week. But councils are concerned because the DoE has failed to say exactly who will be eligible to join it.

Officially, the regulations will allow staff who work less than 35 weeks a year, those on contracts of three months or less and casuals to join the scheme.

But principal pensions adviser for the Local Government Management Board Bob Gibbs said the DoE had not defined casuals in any of the regulations.

'I was given a verbal assurance that when the regulations came out there would be a definition of what a casual was. I have been told a casual is anybody who has not been defined but I don't accept that as a way of getting through the problem,' he said.

Mr Gibbs hoped further clarification would be issued in the next week. 'It would not be the first time a set of regulations have been issued which are followed by corrections to errors that have come to light,' he said.

The move to open the pension scheme is part of the Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations 1995, which come into effect on 2 May.

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