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Pensions statement

Finance Secretary John Swinney refused legislative consent for the UK pensions bill during a ministerial statement on public sector pensions on 28 November 2012.

He announced the Scottish government's refusal to give consent to proposals in the Public Service Pensions Bill to place some public body schemes in Scotland under UK legislative control.

Mr Swinney also confirmed that the UK government intends to further increase pension contributions by public sector workers in the coming year.

Opposition parties accused Mr Swinney of shirking his responsibilities, blaming unpopular decisions on Westminster and failing to use the powers at his disposal.

Thousands of public sector workers across Scotland will see their pension contributions increase for a second year the Scottish finance secretary John Swinney has announced.

Mr Swinney told MSPs he opposed the rise but has to follow reforms across the UK or find £100 million a year to offset the increases.

He also told Holyrood he was refusing to give the UK government control over six small pension schemes currently administered by the Scottish parliament.

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