The Local Government Association Labour Group have issued a disgraceful defence of taxpayer funded gold-plated pensions to councillors. This is in response to the Government's consultation on proposals to scrap them.
Labour's LGA Group are keen to point out their stance is representative. They say they "wrote to all Labour Councillors and the response from our members was a clear support of option 3." This is that there should be "no change" in Council Taxpayers subsidising councillor pensions.
The Group then added:
Members requested the removal of the phrase “taxpayer-funded” which implies that councillors do not contribute towards their pension.
That comment betrays an astonishing mentality of entitlement. They feel that because councillors contribute something to their own pension schemes the hefty top up from the taxpayer should not be mentioned.