Written Answers. - Pension Rights.

Brian O'Shea

Question:

401 Mr. O'Shea asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the proposals he has to establish parity of pension for the grades of library assistant, clerical officer and salaried rent collector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8139/01]

By circular letter EL7/00, dated 22 August 2000, my Department informed local authorities that, with effect from 1 April 2000, the long service increment which was designated as personal to staff in the grades of clerical officer, library assistant and rent collector, salaried, in pay restructuring agreements under theProgramme for Competitiveness and Work could be regarded as a permanent part of the pay scale for those officers who complete three years' satisfactory service at the maximum of their pay scale.

By circular letter S.6/00, dated 13 October 2000, local authorities were notified by my Department that pensioners who retired from the grades in question before the commencement dates of the relevant PCW agreements with the requisite three years' service at the maximum of the relevant pay scale should have their pensions increased with effect from 1 April 2000 to reflect the long service increment.