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Pension benefits - how men are discriminated against

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Patrickbob, Oct 4, 2017.

  1. Patrickbob

    Patrickbob New commenter

    Here's a bit of discrimination against men! Widows of teachers will get 50% of their husband's pension, BUT not many people seem to know that widowers of female teachers are likely to get far less than 50%. That's because only the teaching years since 1988 count for women (or those with same-sex partners) so if you were teaching before then, any pension benefits get ignored. As a woman you will get the same level of personal pension as men, because you paid the same amount into the Teachers Pension Scheme. However, if you die, your husband will only get 50% of what they refer to as the "qualifying years". If you think this is wrong, there is a petition you can sign, and maybe the DfE will change their rules so that men and women survivors get the same, based on them having paid the same into the TPS.
    More info is on a blog called Pension Parity: https://pensionparity.wordpress.com/
    Petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/200352
  2. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    I'd be careful with the term equalise as in the current climate it is more likely that they bring the overall level down rather than round up... perhaps the petition could be a little clearer on what exactly is being asked for.
    emerald52 likes this.

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