The Scottish Government and COSLA have reached an agreement on the long-term arrangements for administering funding for Police Service and Fire and Rescue Service pensions. The new system means that police and fire boards will have greater clarity and certainty when planning for the future. Previously, police and fire board budgets had to cope with varying levels of pension costs depending on the numbers of police and firefighters retiring during a particular year. The arrangements mean that, from April 1, 2010, the funding of pensions from the Scottish Government will be managed separately from other funding for police and fire services. Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: "This deal, with the agreement of COSLA, will ensure clarity about police and fire pensions. It will also mean that police and fire board budgets will no longer be affected by the fluctuations caused by varying levels of retirements."