I am publishing later this morning some delayed government answers to questions I tabled when we last had a Parliament in this country, which show a jump in the numbers taking early retirement from different government departments.
It reminded me that in some cases now we have pay three times over for our government. We pay the pension of the person who used to do the job but left it early. We pay the salary of the person who takes over the job. And we pay the consultant they hire to actually do the work.
In some cases people are seriously ill and of course they should be granted early retirement. In other cases, they are clearly not. There has been a surge in these early retirement grants. As most of the pensions are unfunded or underfunded, there is an immediate extra drain on taxpayers.
No wonder we have such a large deficit.