Consultation procedures for any proposed changes to the Scottish Teachers' pension schemes 

Before making any changes to Scottish Teachers' pension scheme regulations, Scottish Ministers are required by law to formally consult the people (or their representatives) who are likely to be affected by the changes.

Details of recent consultations and a list of the organisations Scottish Ministers would expect to consult are shown below.

2019

There are currently no Teachers consulations for 2019

2018

Consultation on changes proposed by The Teachers' Superannuation and Pension Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2019

The purpose of this letter is to seek the views of Teacher stakeholders on draft amendments to the:
 
  • The Teachers' Superannuation (Scotland) Regulations 2005

  • The Teachers' Pension Scheme (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations

  • The Teachers' Superannuation and Pension Scheme (Additional Voluntary Contributions) (Scotland) Regulations 2017

This consultation has now closed

 

 

2017

The Teachers' Pension Scheme (Scotland) (No.2) Amendment Regulations 2017

This consultation has now concluded.

2016

Consultation on the Teachers' Superannuation and Pension Scheme (Additional Voluntary Contributions) (Scotland) Regulations 2016

This consultation has now concluded.

2015

Consultation on The Teachers' Superannuation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016

This consultation has now concluded

2014

Addendum to consultation on 2015 Pension reform Regulations – Employee contribution rates 2015-2016

This consultation has now concluded

The link below gives information on the proposed employee contributions rates to be applied in 2015-2016 and where they should be inserted in the draft regulations currently being consulted on. Comments should be submitted with those on the Teachers' pension scheme 2015 Regulations below.
Consultation on draft regulations The Teachers' Pension Scheme (Consequential Provisions) (Scotland) Regulations 2015

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on the Teachers Pensions (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) (Scotland) Regulations 2015 which cover a number of technical changes to over-riding pensions legislation.

This consultation has now concluded
Consultation on draft regulations 'The Teachers' Pension Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2015

This consultation has now concluded.
The Teachers' Pension Scheme (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2014

The draft amended regulations for the STSS pension scheme for Scotland which will be introduced from 1st April 2015.

This consultation has now concluded.
Consultation on draft regulations 'The Teachers' Pension Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2014

This will introduce a new Scottish Teachers' Pension Scheme with effect from 1st April 2015.

This consultation has now concluded.
Consultation on draft regulations for proposed employee contribution increases to the Scottish Teachers' Superannuation Scheme

This consultation has now concluded.

On 5th November in response to a Parliamentary Question the cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney, confirmed the Scottish Government's decision to implement the third annual increment of UK Government proposed employee contribution increases for the Teachers' scheme in Scotland. Below are a copy of draft regulations for proposed increases to employee contribution rates effective from 1st April 2014 for the Scottish Teachers's Superannuation Scheme.

2013

Consultation on draft regulations covering miscellaneous changes to the Scottish Teachers' Superannuation Scheme

Consultation period: Friday, 22nd March 2013 to Friday, 7th June 2013

These draft regulations provide for:
 
  • Workplace Pension Reform (Automatic Enrolment)

  • Additional Paternity Leave

  • Change to the rate of interest charged on the late payment of contributions

  • Removal of restriction on paying lump sums to members age 75

  • Short-service serious ill health grant

  • Re-employed teachers and short service annuities

  • Removal of provisions governing scheme valuations

  • Annual Allowance Charge Teachers' AVC funds – indexing options and transfers
This consultation has now concluded
Consultation on draft regulations for proposed employee contribution increases to the Scottish Teachers' Superannuation Scheme in Scotland

Consultation period: 20th December 2012 to 1st February 2013

In a statement to Parliament on 28th November 2012, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney, announced the Scottish Government's decision to implement the second annual increment of UK Government proposed employee contribution increases for the Teachers', NHS, Police and Firefighters' schemes in Scotland.

Attached is a copy of the consultation and draft regulations for proposed increases to employee contribution rates effective from 1st April 2013 for the Teachers' Pension Scheme in Scotland.

This consultation has now concluded

2012

Consultation on draft regulations for proposed employee contribution increases to the Scottish Teachers' Superannuation Scheme in Scotland

Consultation period: 20th December 2012 to 1st February 2013

In a statement to Parliament on 28th November 2012, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney, announced the Scottish Government's decision to implement the second annual increment of UK Government proposed employee contribution increases for the Teachers', NHS, Police and Firefighters' schemes in Scotland.

Attached is a copy of the consultation and draft regulations for proposed increases to employee contribution rates effective from 1st April 2013 for the Teachers' Pension Scheme in Scotland.

This consultation has now concluded

2011

Consultation on Employee Contribution Rate Increases – Draft Amendment Regulations

The Scottish Government recently published a consultation on proposals for potential increases in the level of contributions scheme members will be required to make to the Scottish Teachers' Superannuation Scheme in Scotland from 1st April 2012, which ran from 7th October 2011 to 17th November 2011.

Following that consultation the draft regulations that will provide for the increased contributions to be applied from April 2012 have now been prepared.

The linked documentation provides a copy of those draft regulations which are issued for consultation and comment.

This consultation ended on 3rd February 2012

All of the responses received were considered alongside all other available evidence and amendment regulations are now in force bringing the agreed increases in employee contribution rates into effect from 1st April 2012.

In setting the levels of employee contributions, Scottish Ministers have taken into account the need to protect the lower paid, minimising the risk of opt outs from the scheme and ensuring that the additonal burdens fall on those with the greatest ability to meet them.

Link to regulations
Consultation on proposed increases to employee contribution rates effective from April 2012

In his address to Parliament on 21st September on the Scottish Spending Review 2011, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney, announced the Scottish Government's decision to reluctantly apply employee contribution increases for the NHS, Teachers', Police and Firefighters' schemes in Scotland.

Attached is a copy of the consultation on proposed increases to employee contribution rates effective from April 2012 for the Scottish Teachers' Superannuation Scheme.

This consultation has now closed

2010

Consultation on the Teachers' Superannuation (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2010

Consultation period 24th May 2010 - 16th July 2010

A consultation letter, draft SSI and commentary on the Teachers' Superannuation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 was issued on 24th May 2010.

The consultation period ended on 16th July 2010

2009

There were no STSS consultations held during 2009.

2008

Consultation on the Teachers' Superannuation (Additional Voluntary Contributions)(Scotland) Regulations 2009.

Consultation period 18th June 2008 - 10th October 2008

Consultation letter, draft SSI, Table of Derivations and Table of Destinations on the Teachers' Superannuations (Additional Voluntary Contributions) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 were issued on 18th June 2008. These Regulations consolidate the Teachers' Superannuation (Additional Voluntary Contributions) (Scotland) Regulations 1995, which have been amended substantially since that date. They make minor and drafting alterations only and do not make any changes of substance.

The consultation period ended on Friday, 10th October 2008.
 

 
 
Consultation on The Teachers' Superannuation(Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008.

Consultation period 5th March - 2nd April 2008

A consultation letter, draft SSI and commentary on the Teachers' Superannuation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 was issued on 5th March 2008.

The consultation period ended on 2nd April 2008.
(Annex A)
(Annex B)

2007

Consultation on The Teachers' Superannuation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007

Consultation period 14th – 23rd February 2007

A consultation letter, draft SSI and commentary on the Teachers' Superannuation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 was issued on 14th February 2007.

The consultation period ended on 23rd February 2007.
STSS Consultation on Pension Reform

Consultation period 3rd October 2006 – 5th January 2007

The proposals for pension reform changes have now been agreed and a public consultation document was issued on 3rd October 2006.

The consultation ended on 5th January 2007.

View a copy of the

A summary of the responses received to the consultation can be viewed by clicking on the following links:

Read a series of
which relate to issues the consultation raises.

You can now also download
of buying £1,000 of Additional Pension as discussed in Section 3.3 of the consultation document.

2006

The Teachers' Superannuation (Scotland) Amendment (No2) Regulations 2006

Consultation period 11th October - 7th November 2006

View a copy of the
The Teachers’ Superannuation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 - Changes arising from HMRC Tax Simplification

Consultation period 27th January - 24th February 2006

A Commentary and covering letter on the Teachers' Superannuation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations was issued for consultation on 27th January 2006. These amendments are necessary to make provision for certain aspects of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) tax simplifications as a result of the Finance and Pensions Acts 2004.

To view this document please follow the link below:

2005

Civil Partners

Consultation period 4th August - 9th September 2005

A consultation paper and draft SSI of the Teachers' Superannuation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 was issued on 4th August 2005 detailing proposed changes to the Teachers' Superannuation (Scotland) Regulations 1992, the Teachers (Compensation for Premature Retirement and Redundancy)(Scotland) Regulations 1996 and the Teachers' Superannuation (Additional Voluntary Contributions) (Scotland) Regulations 1995.

These amendments are necessary to implement the survivor pension provision of the Civil Partnership Act 2004.

To view the consultation documents please follow these links:
and

2004

Review of the Scottish Teachers' Superannuation Scheme

Consultation 11th October 2004 - 14th January 2005

A consultation paper entitled 'Review of the Scottish Teachers' Superannuation Scheme setting out a number of possible changes that could be made to the STSS was issued on 11th October 2004. Some improvements could be introduced as part of the move to a higher pension age without any increase in the 6% contribution paid by STSS members. Additional improvements could still be possible, but these would be associated with a higher member contribution.

For details of the consultation view the document below:

For a factual analysis of the responses view the document below:
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