£2 billion annual cost of Scottish public sector pensions - Telegraph Scottish ministers have been urged to consider a cap on public sector pension contributions after auditors found the cost to taxpayers has spiralled to more than £2 billion per year. An Audit Scotland investigation into the six main state pension schemes north of the Border found the amount paid in by the public purse has increased by a fifth over the last five years. Taxpayers now pay in a total of £2.2 billion, almost three times as much as is being contributed by public sector workers themselves, and the total projected payout in pensions now stands at £69 billion. Makes interesting reading. Think of all the porridge you could buy with that! I particularly liked the bit about it being almost as much as what is contributed. Dont worry though, you carry on with your subsidised Uni places and prescriptions, I am sure the English taxpayer will pick up the tab.