Responding to changes made by the Treasury which increase the level of employer pension contributions, some independent schools are threatening to withdraw from the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. The NEU will challenge that robustly and has already persuaded some schools to change their mind.

“The NEU is also calling on Teachers Pensions and independent school employers to make sure that pension contributions are paid when appropriate.  We are increasingly concerned that some independent schools do not pay pension contributions on payments for additional responsibilities for duties such as boarding, library or sports.  Where this happens, it will clearly affect our members’ pensions in retirement.  In most cases, the law says that the school should in fact be paying pension contributions on these payments.  The NEU is offering to work with partners to ensure that independent school employers know when pension contributions should be being paid.”



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