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Funding Increases to Teachers' Pension Scheme Employer Contributions - Consultation

on Wednesday, 16 January 2019.

On 15 January 2019 the government published a consultation paper on proposed increases in employer contributions to the TPS with a stated aim of ensuring "all affected sectors have an opportunity to share views on the impact these changes will bring".

The paper makes clear the government's commitment to protecting state-funded schools and FE colleges and sets out the institutions for which it will cover the increase to employer contributions in the financial year 2019/20. 

The DfE estimates the overall increased costs to be a staggering £1.1 billion in 2019/20, split across four sectors:


2019/20 cost (£m)

State-funded schools


Independent schools


Further Education


Higher Education



How Are Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) Affected?

Whilst the HE sector is not one which the DfE proposes to support, the consultation document should not be ignored. A response is also sought from unsupported sectors, including HE, to enable the government to gain a fuller understanding of the impact of the changes and "inform any mitigations [the government] may wish to put in place".

The impact on HEIs is specifically referred to at paragraph 4.13 of the document. This consultation affords HEIs an opportunity to make clear how the change will affect them individually.

The consultation period is very short - responses must be submitted by 12 February 2019 on the DfE website.

Whether "any mitigations" will be considered for the HE sector is perhaps hopeful but the opportunity to respond should nevertheless be utilised.

For information on how we can support you on teachers' pensions contributions matters, please contact Jane Byford on 0121 227 3712.

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