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Public Sector Pensions– A Review (Part One)

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pensionsThe Problems - Put in its simplest form, the problems with public sector pension schemes are two-fold – their funding arrangements and increasing life expectancy.

  1. The schemes, with defined benefits relating essentially to salary and years of service, have origins dating back to the 1920’s and 1930’s – when life expectancy of approx 60 years was considerably shorter than today’s expectation of perhaps 85 years, and thus pensions – if paid at all - were paid for relatively short periods following retirement. 

  2. As a result, staff pension contributions of typically 5% of pay, and matched by the employer, were historically sufficient to fund the liabilities of these schemes. However, because life expectancy has increased so significantly and so rapidly in the past 2-3 decades (with resultant increases in long-term pension payouts) but with funding arrangements (via employee and employer contributions) having remained unchanged, these schemes are today proving to be too generous, and requiring massive additional “top-ups” from the taxpayer.  They are thus unsustainable.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 September 2015 15:39

Single Legal Entity Consultation Response

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iomgovt'The real reason the 'Single Legal Entity' is being promoted locally is because senior civil servants in the Isle of Man sense an opportunity to grab more power from the politicians. The reason it is being promoted from Scotland is because of vested interests waiting in the wings to market, in the Isle of Man, lucrative performance management programmes created in America.'


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Election of Legislative Council

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legco indoorThere has been much controversy but little resolution as to how the upper chamber of Tynwald should be elected. However, one clear objective is apparent in that it must be publicly elected in the future – the electoral college route being deemed as anachronistic.

Keys members are jealous of their primary legislative role and are reluctant to sanction any election procedure which lessons their primacy. Council members on the whole do not want constituencies as they feel that they might then become bogged down by local problems.

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 July 2015 16:08

Legislative Council Elections 2015

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If at first you don't succeed........

Try again...

Freedom of Information Act 2015 receives Royal Assent

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That was the announcement given at the start of June Tynwald but no celebrations yet, as before the public can make use of it, an Appointed Day Order is required. So watch out for that!

Also remember to start with FOI requests can only be submitted to DEFA and The Cabinet Office.

In the meantime to find out information from the rest of government we must resort to the 1996 Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.

That's what one PAG member has recently done to the Department of Infrastructure - here it is:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2015 21:01

PAG public meeting: Keeping fit for purpose - presentation

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PAG Public Meeting

Meet the Minister (2) 

'Keeping Fit for a Purpose'




Thank you to our speakers and the many that attended last night. We would appreciate your comments below or on our facebook page.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 09:05

PAG 2015 Tynwald Byelection Questionnaire

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Every-Vote-CountsOver the last week Positive Action Group sent out a questionnaire to all candidates standing in the Douglas North and Douglas South byelections.

The intention was to survey candidates views in a manner that allows voters to easily compare against their own opinions - as good as Manifestos sometimes are, they are rather difficult to compare side by side.

To make the questionnaries as simple to complete as possible they feature a series of straightforward statements against for which the candidates may select one of six preset responses:

  • Strongly Agree
  • Agree
  • Neutral
  • Disagree
  • Strongly Disagree
  • Don't Know

Click here for the report on Douglas South candidates

Click here for the report on Douglas North candidates


Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 18:03

PAG 2015 Douglas South Byelection Questionnaire

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Kurt Buchholz (Ind)
Amy Burns (Ind)
Keith Fitton (Libvan)
Bill Malarkey (Ind)


I think the most interesting areas for voters are where candidates opinions differed considerably, so these have been included within the summary. Full details
are provided as an attachment.

All except Bill agreed that the number of Departmental Members ought to be reduced.

Only Bill felt that the forthcoming FoI Act will enable government transparency. Kurt, Keith and Amy did not.

Only Bill felt that Pinewood was a reasonable government investment. Kurt, Keith and Amy did not.

Only Kurt felt that the government should continue with a final salary pension scheme.

Bill feels that Benefits are too generous, Kurt, Amy and Keith do not. Similarly Bill would also support introduction of a UK-style Benefits Cap, the 
other candidates not.

Amy, Keith amd Kurt strongly disagreed with the statement that the 'Toilet Tax' as fair and does not require reform or removal. Bill was neutral.

Keith and Bill feel that the Island is well set to take advantage of emerging economic and technological develpments. Amy and Kurt do not.

Amy felt the Island should be self sufficent in food, Keith disagreed, Kurt didn't know, and Bill was neutral.

Kurt does not think that the government need to 'tighten up' on Work permits, the other candidates do.

When asked whether we should be more independent of the UK, all candiates except Keith agreed. Keith was neutral.

Kurt does not feel the GP service is adequate, Bill believes it is. Amy and Keith were neutral. All agree that the government Dentistry service is
inadequate and that Nobles is not peforming as well as we should expect.

Amy and Bill feel that social care is not adequare or fir for purpose, Keith and Kurt were neutral.

All agree that we do not have enough housing stock and all but Amy are against the sale of stock - Amy was neutral. They all agree that any
'Landlord and Tenant' Act should apply equally to the private and public sector.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 17:58

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