Sunday 20 August 2017

It's time to make pension funding mandatory – and that includes public sector

Senior civil servants may have the most to lose from any such change but it is only fair, says James Fitzsimons

A big debate is raging about pensions and who can have them. Only half of the people put something away for their retirement. Many of those won't have enough for themselves and they might be forced to share what they have with those who saved nothing.

The day is long gone when we can expect the State to provide. Our expectations are higher and if they are not, they should be. The welfare state should be for those who don't have a choice. Mandatory pension funding is long overdue and it should include the public sector.

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