Essex Fire Authority denies it "jumped the gun" on paying back £15million Government debt

Essex Fire Authority denies it

Essex Fire Authority denies it "jumped the gun" on paying back £15million Government debt

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ESSEX Fire Authority has denied it has jumped the gun in deciding how to pay off a £15million debt.

Earlier this week the authority announced it owed the Government the cash as it had miscalculated injured firefighter pensions since 2006.

It decided to use all of its reserves to pay off the debt, which it had not known it had owed until the Department for Communities and Local Government wrote it.

A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government had said it was too early to say what the full impact of the mistake would be.

He said: "This is a very technical issue about an auditing procedure and the rules on pension administration.

"Essex have jumped the gun, given absolutely no decision has been made on this issue, and it is something that the department will be discussing with the fire authority in more detail in due course."

Accounts have been submitted to the Audit Commission and DCLG each year but both also failed to pick up on the liability.

An Essex County Fire and Rescue spokesman the authority had previously told the DCLG how it planned to pay off the debt and that it would be announcing it, prior to the Government department’s response.

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5:21pm Thu 14 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Pension contributions will now have to be increased, to make up this shortfall, looks like the management have won a vital battle, in so far as punishing the fire brigade unions for their strikes of greed. They readily gave up, without question all the reserves, quite smugly...
Pension contributions will now have to be increased, to make up this shortfall, looks like the management have won a vital battle, in so far as punishing the fire brigade unions for their strikes of greed. They readily gave up, without question all the reserves, quite smugly... sesibollox
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6:36pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

sesibollox wrote:
Pension contributions will now have to be increased, to make up this shortfall, looks like the management have won a vital battle, in so far as punishing the fire brigade unions for their strikes of greed. They readily gave up, without question all the reserves, quite smugly...
Now they will enjoy even less of a pension, yet have to put more into the bottomless cup simply to tread water.
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Pension contributions will now have to be increased, to make up this shortfall, looks like the management have won a vital battle, in so far as punishing the fire brigade unions for their strikes of greed. They readily gave up, without question all the reserves, quite smugly...[/p][/quote]Now they will enjoy even less of a pension, yet have to put more into the bottomless cup simply to tread water. Now listen for I have something to say
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