The Pre-2015 Teachers’ Pension Scheme
Produced in partnership with Gary Delderfield of Eversheds Sutherland

The following Pensions practice note produced in partnership with Gary Delderfield of Eversheds Sutherland provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The Pre-2015 Teachers’ Pension Scheme
  • What is the Teachers’ Pension Scheme?
  • Statutory framework
  • Funding
  • Administration
  • Governance
  • Eligibility and membership
  • Contributions
  • Member contributions
  • Employer contributions
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The Pre-2015 Teachers’ Pension Scheme

STOP PRESS: On 7 April 2021, the Department for Education (DfE) published a consultation concerning proposed changes to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) regulations. The draft amendments are to provide female members in an opposite-sex marriage or civil partnership with the same survivor pension rights as female members in a same-sex marriage or civil partnership, following the decision of the Employment Tribunal in Goodwin v Secretary of State for Education, and to amend participation rules relating to accepted schools to allow for the phased withdrawal of independent schools that might otherwise leave the TPS outright with immediate effect, as well as some other minor amendments.
The proposed amendments to survivor benefits follow a written ministerial statement in July 2020 by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Steve Barclay, announcing that, following the Goodwin decision, changes would be made to the TPS and other public sector pension schemes to prevent direct sexual orientation discrimination in circumstances where the husband or male civil partner of a female scheme member is entitled to lower survivor benefits than a comparable same-sex survivor.
The proposed amendments to introduce phased withdrawal of independent schools follow the government’s announcement in November 2020 that it would be proceeding with its proposal to allow independent schools to opt out of TPS participation for future
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