The NASUWT- the Teachers’ Union has written to the Secretary of State for Education to demand that there is immediate implementation for teachers of the decision relayed to the NASUWT by HM Treasury to equalise adult survivor benefits in public service pension schemes for same-sex married and civil partners.
The NASUWT, together with other representatives of the TUC, met with the Treasury this week and confirmed that adult survivor benefits in public service pension schemes for same-sex married and civil partners of both men and women will be equalised with adult survivor benefits for widows of heterosexual marriages.
This means that all pensionable service in the Teachers’ Pension Scheme from 1972 onwards will count towards a same-sex partner’s pension.
Ms Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary said:
“Following this decision by the Treasury, I have written to the Secretary of State for Education to demand that the DfE immediately drafts regulations to give effect to the Treasury’s decision to end discrimination in the provision of adult survivor benefits for same-sex partners, following the death of their spouse or civil partner.
“The NASUWT has long campaigned against the injustice of only part of pensionable service counting towards the pensions of the surviving partners of LGB teachers.
“The Government has allowed this inequality to continue for far too long. Teachers now not only deserve, but will also expect, immediate action by the Secretary of State.”
Press and Media Officer
0121 457 6239 / 07920 711069