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The wheels are in motion

Discussion in 'Retirement' started by PeterQuint, Jan 2, 2020.

  1. PeterQuint

    PeterQuint Lead commenter

    Well, I filled in my online pension form today, for claiming in April.

    I got an email a couple of hours later from TPS saying my old school/trust had said they're not my last/current employer.

    I rang TPS who told me to ring the school. I did. The person handling it had gone home at lunch time.
  2. border_walker

    border_walker Lead commenter

    Have you left and done some supply? They may be a bit confused.
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  3. PeterQuint

    PeterQuint Lead commenter

    I was made redundant in the summer, and haven't worked as a teacher, or been in the teachers pension since.

    To be fair, I’d worked there for 25 years, so I can see how they might have forgotten.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2020
  4. Prim

    Prim Occasional commenter

    Perhaps this is the latest management initiative - dodge all teachers and pension liabilities and hope no one notices. Wouldn't put it past them today. Good luck, I'm sure you will enjoy setting this straight.

    Best wishes with April.
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  5. 50sman

    50sman Lead commenter

    They know they were employed by them but don’t know they were your last employer
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  6. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Good luck. Hope you get it sorted
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  7. Brianthedog

    Brianthedog Occasional commenter

    Oooh exciting though! I put my online form in a year ago to the day, for retiring at Easter. I took a day break in service then returned part time, eventually retiring fully on 31st December.
    Just out of interest, if you're not now teaching, why wait until Easter for your pension?
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  8. PeterQuint

    PeterQuint Lead commenter

    That could be said of anyone. In that case, every former employer should reject every pension request.

    Why on Earth is it up to a former employer to say this anyway? Surely it’s up to them to confirm when I worked for them, and TPS to know whether they’ve received contributions from anyone else since.
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  9. Treacle3

    Treacle3 New commenter

    Yes...except that in most cases people retire directly from the job they are last in - so maybe they've simply assumed you've been working somewhere else since?
  10. PeterQuint

    PeterQuint Lead commenter

    This is the problem.

    It should never be their job to guess anything.

    TPS should just ask them if the details they’ve already given are correct, then move forward with that. Why should I be involved at all?

    As part of the process you’re asked if your employment history details are correct. It appears to becoming part of my job to chase round proving to TPS that I’ve not made any contribution to TPS that they don’t know about.

  11. phatsals

    phatsals Established commenter

    It's a good thing to be asked if your employment history is correct. Your pension is based on the record they hold, they can't know if there's missing service, only you can. It would then be for you to chase it up with previous employers. I certainly had gaps, one employer left it some 2-3 years before they updated TPS.

    Has your last employer now confirmed your ex-ness? It may be quicker if you opt-out, then you can just claim without any hindrance.
  12. PeterQuint

    PeterQuint Lead commenter

    I have absolutely no problem at all with them asking me to check my service history is correct. Indeed, I think it’s part of the application process.

    I checked it. It’s right. I sent the form.

    My former employer incorrectly said it wasn’t right. If that was the case, the information they’ve sent TPS is wrong.

    So TPS cancel my application, and I have to run round clearing up the mess.

    No, it’s not sorted yet. I’ll keep you posted.
  13. PeterQuint

    PeterQuint Lead commenter

    Quick update.

    I received an email saying it was now sorted.

    I completed my application for a second time, and around a week later I got an email from TPS saying the application was in. This time I presume there are no hold ups, as the last time it was rejected within an hour or two.

    Fingers crossed.

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