The NASUWT has called on the Government to urgently review the terms of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) in order to end the scheme’s ongoing discrimination regarding the rights of same sex partners.
Following on from this month's landmark Supreme Court judgement in the case of Walker v Innospec, the union has written to the Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening and Scottish deputy First Minister John Swinney (see below), highlighting what is believes are now ‘unlawful’ aspects of the TPS in need of immediate redress.
In particular the TPS only grants survivor pension benefits to same-sex partners of a scheme member based on the deceased’s pensionable service since 1988, whereas for opposite sex widows service since 1972 is taken into account.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“Government must act now to end the unacceptable discrimination within the teachers’ pension scheme, which has for years been denying countless partners of scheme members the money to which they should be entitled.
“The NASUWT has been at the forefront of campaigning for the rights of LGBTI teachers and wider worker for many years, and believes that following this ruling the Government now has no other choice but to make the reforms we have long been calling for.
In the letter to Ms Greening, the NASUWT calls on Government to:
- Urgently revise the TPS regulations so all survivor benefits are based on the deceased’s pensionable service since 1972, regardless of their sexuality.
- Establish and proactively publicise procedures by which those potentially discriminated against, can have their entitlement recalculated and retrospectively claim what they are owed.