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Teachers: Pensions

Education written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Conservative, Pendle

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the pension entitlements of teachers in (a) the UK and (b) other OECD countries.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The provisions of the pension schemes covering teachers in England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland are broadly the same and consequently the pension entitlements for teachers across the UK will be more or less the same. The Department has made no assessment of the pension entitlements of teachers in the UK and other OECD countries.

Following the recommendations made by Lord Hutton of Furness in the report of the Independent Public Service Pensions Commission, the Department is currently discussing proposed reforms to the Teachers' Pension Scheme with the teacher unions and other stakeholders. The aim of those discussions is to secure a pension scheme that continues to be valued by the profession and which helps to continue to attract people of high ability into teaching.

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