New Members Contributions
- What do I pay?
- How do I pay?
- Can I pay additional contributions?
- Purchasing additional pension
- AVCs through the Prudential Free-Standing AVCs
- Stakeholder pensions
- Can I increase the pension my dependants will receive?
- Can I restore service if I had my contributions returned?
What do I pay?
As a member of the NITPS you will pay 6.4% of your salary towards a package of benefits. Your employer pays a further 13.6% . This makes a total of 20%. You will receive income tax relief on your contributions. The Government Actuary reviews these rates at regular intervals.
How do I pay?
Your employer will deduct contributions from your monthly salary. Your employer will pay all contributions direct to Teachers’ Pensions Branch (TPB) each month, it is important that you make sure that the correct amounts have been taken. If you think an error has been made, contact your employer immediately.
Can I pay additional contributions?
There are other ways in which you can increase your retirement benefits by paying extra contributions. These include:
Purchasing additional pension;
- Paying Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs) through the Prudential;
- Paying Free-Standing Additional Voluntary Contributions (FSAVCs);
- Paying into a stakeholder pension or a personal pension.
In certain circumstances, you can also choose to pay extra contributions to increase the amount of survivor benefits your dependants may receive.
You can get income tax relief on your additional contributions. If you make a lump sum payment you should contact HMRC for information on tax relief.
Purchasing additional pension
You can purchase additional pension that is paid separately from your NITPS benefits. When you retire your eventual retirement benefits will attract ‘Pensions Increase’, which means they are index-linked. The additional pension you purchase will attract Pensions Increase in the same way as your NITPS benefits.
The cost of purchasing additional pension depends on your age and the amount of additional pension you wish to receive. You cannot purchase additional pension after NPA. The maximum payment period is 20 years and must be completed before NPA.
There are two ways you can pay for additional pension:
- by having deductions from your salary; or
- by paying a one off lump sum.
You will find full details in the fact sheet Additional Pension which is available on the website.
AVCs through the Prudential
The NITPS has a special arrangement with the Prudential. You can choose to pay additional voluntary contributions to the Prudential in order to buy extra pension benefits.
The Prudential cannot guarantee your profits in advance, but each year they will send you a benefits statement so that you can see how your investments are performing. You can pay AVCs to increase your own pension, a dependant’s pension, the lump-sum death grant - or any combination of these three.
You can contact the Prudential direct for more detailed information at:Prudential Life and Pensions
or visit the Prudential Life and Pensions web site,
There are a number of other insurance companies that offer a FSAVC scheme. You can choose to pay your AVCs into a personal policy with any company of your choice. You can get more details direct from companies offering this kind of arrangement.
We cannot advise you about which type of extra contribution to choose. You can get advice from an independent financial adviser or from your teachers’ association.
Stakeholder and personal pensions
Members of the NITPS can contribute to a stakeholder pension (or another individual policy) as well as joining the NITPS. If you wish to take out an individual pension you need to make your own arrangements.
Can I increase the pension my dependants will receive?
If you are a married man all your service from 1 April 1972 will automatically count for survivor benefits. You can purchase service before April 1972 so that this also counts for survivor benefits if you marry for the first time before you retire.
If you are a married woman all your service from 6 April 1988 automatically counts for survivor benefits. You can purchase service before April 1988 within six months of getting married or if you married whilst out of service within 6 months of returning to service. You should contact us immediately if this applies to you.
If you have registered a Civil Partnership all your service from 6 April 1988 automatically counts for survivor benefits. If you are in a civil partnership and are in service, you can purchase previous service for survivor benefits if you apply to TPB within six months of registering your civil partnership. If you were not in service when you registered, you may do so by applying within six months of returning to service.
If you are living with a partner you can nominate your partner to receive survivor benefits after your death. Service from 1 April 2007 will automatically counts for survivor benefits. You can purchase service before that date within six months of nominating your partner. There will be a check undertaken after your death to ensure the conditions of nomination are still satisfied. If your partnership ends you must inform us.
If you are a single teacher you can nominate a close relative who is financially dependent on you to receive benefits when you die, provided that financial dependency still applies at the time of your death. When you make the nomination, you can also choose to pay extra contributions for a higher pension. The person you nominate will not be entitled to benefits if you marry.
Can I restore service if I had my contributions returned?
If you are in pensionable employment you can repay to the NITPS any contributions you withdrew before 1 June 1973. You will have to pay compound interest on the contributions at the rate of 3.5% for each year since the refund was made. This service will then be reinstated into the NITPS and will count in the normal way when we calculate your retirement pension and lump sum.