ATL Northern Ireland - pension poll

ATL has accepted the government's final offer for the Teachers' Pension Scheme (TPS) in England and Wales as the best deal that can be achieved through negotiation.

ATL's acceptance comes after talks on the finer details of the new scheme and a members' poll where 91.6% of respondents supported the deal, which is significantly better than the government's original offer. For details, see:

Whilst the Department for Education has yet to consult on proposals for the Northern Ireland Teachers' Superannuation Scheme (NITSS), in reality the proposals will not diverge from those in England and Wales.

NITPS - contribution rate increases

The Department for Education Northern Ireland has confirmed that from 1 April 2012 the contribution rate in the Northern Ireland Teachers' Pension Scheme (TPS) will be tiered, and your contribution rate will be based on your full-time equivalent (FTE) salary.

If your FTE salary changes from one month to another, there may also be changes in the contribution rate you pay for your pension.

There are seven bands and the contribution rate for each band is listed below. We expect this will be year one of three years of increased contributions in the Northern Ireland TPS, which will be phased in between 2012 and 2014.

Contribution rates for 2013 and 2014 are still under negotiation. As soon as they are agreed, they will be shared with members. For more information, see

NILGPS

The Northern Ireland Executive has accepted that it has to make savings to all public sector pension schemes, but the Department of the Environment, which makes the regulations for the LGPS (NI), has yet to set out any details of changes to the scheme or increases to employees' contribution rates.

Negotiations on the Local Government Pensions Scheme (LGPS) in England and Wales continue between the Local Government Association and the recognised unions (Unison, Unite and GMB) as there is a longer timetable to secure a way forward.

In Northern Ireland, there has been a recommendation by NILGOSC – the body which administers LGPS (NI) – that a similar approach is taken to redesigning the scheme so alternatives to increased contributions are explored to make the savings.

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