"Nurses, teachers, council workers, civil servants and police officers will be expected to pay hundreds or even thousands of pounds more each year into their pension pots, as the era of early retirement on generous payments is brought to an end.
"A new government commission, led by John Hutton, the former Labour defence secretary, could recommend that public sector staff begin paying more towards their retirement as early as next spring. The move would save taxpayers billions of pounds a year.
"George Osborne, the Chancellor, said on Sunday that the disparity between public and private sector pensions was unsustainable when the country was entering an age of austerity. Britain was heading down the road to ruin without urgent action to cut the national debt, he said."