Pensions in Northern Ireland
Links below lead to the appropriate section of the page
- Pensions Latest
- Northern Ireland Teachers' Pension Scheme
- Local Government Pension Scheme
- State Pension Benefits
- Championing Public Sector Pensions
- Pension Consultation Responses
- Further Pensions Information
- Contact Your MLA about Pensions
You are automatically entered into the Northern Ireland Teachers' Pension Scheme (new window) (NITPS) if you are a teacher in eligible employment between the ages of 18 and 75. The NITPS is a contributory, defined benefit ‘final salary’ scheme administered by the Teachers' Pensions Branch on behalf of the Department of Education, Northern Ireland. It is one of the most important and valuable benefits available to teachers.
The NITPS is contracted-out of the State Second Pension (S2P) and guarantees to pay benefits which are at least as high as those the state would pay. Although you will be contracted out of S2P you will receive a Basic State Pension in addition to your teacher’s pension.
You can opt out of the teachers’ Scheme in order to make your own pension arrangements but you should think very carefully about the valuable benefits of the NITPS before doing so.
If you need general information about the Northern Ireland Teachers' Pension Scheme (new window), there is a Members’ Guide (new window) available.
Following a Review of the Scheme in 2006, agreement was reached between Government, employers and the NASUWT and other teacher unions on a number of changes to the scheme with effect from 1 April 2007, including a new benefit structure for new entrants details of which can be found in Changes to Teachers’ Pensions.
You can get detailed information on all aspects of the NITPS from their leaflets and fact sheets (new window).
If you are a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme for Northern Ireland the Northern Ireland Local Government Officers' Superannuation Committee (new window) provides details of pension provisions and benefits available.
If you need information about your State Pension Benefits (new window), including an On-line Pensions Forecast (new window) of your State Pension, the most reliable source is the Pensions Service (new window) website.
There is a whole range of help and advice on state pensions and other state benefits available in the UK on the Department for Work and Pensions (new window) website.
The Northern Ireland Teachers' Pension Scheme represents one of the most valuable elements of the teachers' remuneration package.
Information on the value of teachers' pension benefits and arguments in defence of public sector pensions in general can be found in Championing Public Sector Pensions.
The Independent Public Service Pensions Commission, Chaired by Lord Hutton, published its Final Report in March on the reform of public service pension provision. Details of the Commission and its Report can be found in the Championing Public Sector Pensions page, above, and the NASUWT has produced its its own Commentary on the Commission Report Recommendations.
As and when necessary the Union responds to Government and other consultation exercises of particular relevance to the NASUWT and its members. There is a page containing copies of recent NASUWT Consultation Responses in the area of Pensions.
Further advice on specific pension issues is available by clicking the appropriate link in the menus on the right hand side of this page.
Members needing further information or assistance should contact their Regional Centre.
Further Pensions Information
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