Reacting to the news that public sector employees may face greater contributions to their pension fund arrangements, David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

"The Government has to tackle public sector pensions now. It cannot propose the introduction of a National Pensions Saving Scheme which will force the private sector to contribute to a pension whilst at the same time allowing public sector employees to continue with their gold plated scheme funded by the taxpayer.

The Government was wrong to cave into public sector unions last year. It is right that it tackles public sector pensions now. The BCC has consistently argued that public sector employees should make greater pensions contributions and that final salary schemes should be brought in line with the private sector. It is time to put an end to this inequality."