The campaign by the Taxpayers Alliance against councillors being eligible for Council pension schemes had a fillip from the Sunday Express yesterday. The paper splashed on their front page a piece about "greedy councillors grabbing gold plated pensions."

I haven’t joined my Council’s pension scheme but this is because the idea didn’t occur to me rather than abstemious ideological principle. But I notice councillors are treated like employees with their payment of their allowances being taxed at source so perhaps it is not surprising they have the same rights as anyone else at the Town Hall.

My understanding is that there is little or nothing an individual council can do about financial burden to Council Taxpayers caused by the generous pension provision as this is something that has to be addressed nationally.

What should be done?