Teachers (Life Expectancy)

Education and Skills written question – answered on 7th April 2005.

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Photo of Mr Oliver Letwin Mr Oliver Letwin Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer 7th April 2005

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on her Department's estimate of the life expectancy of teachers.

Photo of Mr Stephen Twigg Mr Stephen Twigg Minister of State (Education and Skills) (School Standards) 7th April 2005

An individuals total life expectancy is defined as their current age plus their life expectancy from the current age. For a group of individuals of the same age, total life expectancy increases with age attained because those dying at earlier ages are excluded from the group. Thus, an individual's life expectancy at birth is very different to their total life expectancy at later ages.

As part of the demographic assumptions associated with the periodic valuations of the Teachers' Pension Scheme, the Government Actuary takes into account the life expectancy of teachers following their retirement. In the latest valuation report at 31 March 2001 the assumed life expectancy of teachers in normal health at age 60 was 26 years for men and 29 years for women. At age 65, assumed life expectancy would be about five years less than at age 60. The Government Actuary will be taking account of any subsequent improvements in life expectancy as part of the current valuation of the scheme.

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