Teachers: Pensions

Department for Education written question – answered on 19th November 2018.

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Photo of James Frith James Frith Labour, Bury North

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations he has received on the treatment of (a) widowers and (b) widows under the Teachers' Pension scheme since the changes were made to that scheme in April 2018.

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

Changes were introduced to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme in April 2018 to allow for the equalisation of survivor benefits for widows. This Scheme followed the Supreme Court’s determination in the case of Walker v Innospec Limited in 2017.

Since then, the Department has received two representations from scheme members, regarding equalisation for widowers of opposite sex marriages.

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