Or Two Minutes and 50 Seconds to be precise.
This was the length of time that Theresa May devoted to answering our questions at yesterday’s Home Affairs Select Committee meeting.
I had had the temerity to submit the following question to the Committee “Given that Police Pensions must change and evolve, why are these changes being forced upon existing members? If all proposed changes were restricted to future members of the scheme much hostility and opposition could surely be avoided.” and I must thank Mr @Keith_VazMP for giving me the opportunity to do so.
I received such a bland acknowledgement of my question that I assumed it had been ignored. Until yesterday that is when I started to get Tweets from folk on here asking if that was me that had just been mentioned at #HASC. Bloody Hell I thought.
My congratulations go to @MentalHealthCop as he seems to have received an answer to his question but Theresa May did not seem to answer the question that I had actually asked, but rather adopted the usual politician’s stance of answering the question she would have preferred to have been asked.
So maybe I should have a stab at answering it for her. She has had her opportunity after all.
Given that Police Pensions must change and evolve, why are these changes being forced upon existing members?
The first reason may be that the government are greedy and can’t wait for the increased pension contributions of new recruits on £19k per annum to filter through and swell the coffers. They seem to want results now and not in the future. I suspect that they knew full well that rates of pay for new recruits were going to fall dramatically when Mr Winsor drew up his plans against us (sounds a bit War of the Worlds ish)
The second reason may possibly be that new recruits are not joining the new, improved Police Pension Scheme as they don’t see it as an attractive proposition, hence the increased money coming in would not be sufficient for government’s needs if restricted to new recruits. I don’t know this for a fact, it is just supposition. Maybe some of our Fed colleagues can respond and let me know the situation.
So there we are, my second appearance on the evil telly box, even if this was only by proxy. I was going to keep it to myself but was prompted by one or more of you out there, so here it is. You know who you are.