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IS IT A SERP, IS IT A PEP? NO IT'S SUPERPENSIONER

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There is life after local government. Birmingham City Council has been honouring 106-year-old Joseph Thompson, bel...
There is life after local government. Birmingham City Council has been honouring 106-year-old Joseph Thompson, believed to be the oldest local government pension scheme member in the country.

Mr Thompson, who has been retired 41 years, longer than his working life, receives each year a pension payment three times more than the total he paid in to the fund.

He started work at Birmingham's public health department in 1913 for 30 shillings (£1.50) a week and retired in 1954.

'I'm very glad I joined the pension scheme, but I didn't realise it was going to go on so long. It's amazing. It's an achievement, something to be proud of,' he told LGC.

And Mr Thompson's impressions of local government today? 'As far as I know there's not a great deal of difference.' West Midlands Metropolitan Authorities Pension Fund has nine pensioners aged over 100.

'Mr Thompson is a magnificent advertisement for the benefits of contributing to the local government pension scheme,' said Mike Woodall, Birmingham's chief pension officer .

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