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Government plans to remedy unlawful discrimination in the Teachers’ Pension Scheme are completely inadequate to address age discrimination and will disproportionately impact younger teachers.

Representatives at the Annual Conference of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union have today rejected the Government’s proposed measures which follow the Government’s defeat in a series of court cases against its 2015 reforms to public service pension schemes.

The NASUWT had repeatedly warned the Government that its reforms were discriminatory.

Not only will the proposed remedy exacerbate the existing discrimination in the scheme against younger teachers, the Government is proposing to pass on the costs of implementing the remedy to scheme members. 

Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“Teachers are dismayed by the Government's proposals to remedy the McCloud judgment, which found that the Government's 2015 reforms to the Teachers' Pension Scheme were discriminatory on grounds of age.

“The planned remedy completely fails to rectify the issue of age discrimination in the TPS and the NASUWT will be continuing to campaign for alternative measures to be put in place which provide teachers with an entitlement to be in the final salary scheme, with a lower pension age, for the whole of their career.
 
“Furthermore, it is unacceptable that the Government is proposing that teachers should meet the cost of proposals that it is implementing as a result of a legal case which it lost.
 
“This is no way to treat teachers and other key workers who have served our country throughout the coronavirus pandemic.”

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