Superannuation Bill

Memorandum submitted by Tony Molloy (SU 41)

I joined the Civil Service in 1978 as Administrative Assistant, became a mobile EO grade in 1989, and progressed to the Senior Executive Officer Grade in 2003. I have 32 years and 2 month in the Civil Service. I work in the Government Office Network which is earmarked for closure in 2010.

 

I am 50 on 10th March 2011 next year, and if made redundant after this time, under the new proposals will receive a one of payment (the equivalent of one year's salary) instead of a small lump sum and annual compensation payment of half my salary each year until the age of 60 year as promised and expected under the current agreement.  In the present climate it is looking increasing unlikely, that as a DCLG citizen, that I will be repatriated in 2011 as there are no regional DCLG jobs.   

 

My personal financial commitments have always been done on the basis that in the event of any redundancy situation, the current financial compensation packages would enable me to provide for the future, whilst looking for a job and allow me to provide for my family without the assistance of any state benefits.  However, the likelihood of redundancy and possible changes to the CSCS could now lead me to having to bridge a salary gap of up to 9 years.  Unless I am found a new job either within or outside the Civil service, I will not be able to pay off my existing mortgage with the reduced amount of compensation proposed and may be forced into selling my home at a time when the housing market is in decline. My daughter who I have supported financially (in full) to attend University could be forced into applying for grants and loans to further finance her education. In the event of non-repatriation or other work, I could well be forced onto benefits as the North East jobs market is not exactly buoyant at the moment.  I have no transferable academic qualifications believing that my career always lay within the Civil Service but I do have many certificates from a multitude of training course taken over the years which are not recognised outside the Civil Service!

 

Myself and other work colleagues are distressed and distraught about the way they are being treated by our employer after many years of loyal service. In my opinion and irrespective of my circumstances, the Government should honour the current agreement. By dismissing the recent High Court judgement and attempting to change the law to get out of a contract entered into in good faith by both sides over 20 years, the Government is both displaying its contempt for long serving civil servants and those in the legal profession who have considered the evidence and ruled against the imposition of any new proposals.  

September 2010