Members of the police and fire service have criticised a planned increase in their pension contributions.

From April 1 they will pay an average of 14.2% of their salary towards their pension each month.

The Scottish Police Federation says its officers are being "punished" as a consequence of falling police numbers in England and Wales. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said members already pay the highest contributions in the public sector.

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Notification of the increases is contained within circulars from the Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA), following changes to pension legislation from the UK Treasury.

FBU Scottish secretary John Duffy said: "We call on the Scottish Government to stand up for public sector workers."

The Scottish Police Federation said members on an annual salary of £27,001 to £60,000 will see their contributions increase from 13.5% to 14.25%.