Public sector pensions increase
Further clarification of the proposed reforms to public sector pensions has been released today by the government.
The government is aiming to reduce its pension bill by £1.2 billion next year and thus public sector workers face increases of up to 2.4% in their contributions.
The plans have been extensively defended by ministers who point to the low level of increases for those earning between £15,000 and £21,000.
However unions have reacted angrily and further strike action is expected.
Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the Treasury, defends the reforms on the Today programme.
Schools minister Nick Gibb expresses his support for pension reforms and their ability to provide a fair and sustainable pension for teachers.
Sally Hunt, UCU general secretary, criticises government's "hyperbole" and "ludicrous claims" about pension schemes.
Gail Cartmail, Unite assistant general secretary, questions government commitment to pensions negotiations.
Francis Maude, minister for the Cabinet Office, announces launch of consultation on proposals to increase pensions contributions.
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