Minister suggests state school teachers are ungrateful for their pensions

Schools minister Lord Agnew has suggested that state-school teachers are ungrateful about changes to their pensions, that have left schools worrying about their funding. Tes reports

Speaking to a conference of independent-school leaders today, Lord Agnew said: “The state-school teachers, they don’t recognise that they’re getting a 42 per cent increase in pensions contributions. 

“They don’t say, ‘How wonderful – the state is really looking after us’.”

But a union leader has pointed out that teachers will not actually receive any extra money and accused the minister of putting his foot in his mouth.

Schools have been told that they must increase contributions to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme by 43 per cent from this year.

The government has said that it will help maintained schools and academies cover the additional cost, although there are serious concerns about who will foot the bill in later years

“No one’s going to thank us,” Lord Agnew said today. “No one realises the benefit that people in the scheme are getting.”

Lord Agnew was speaking to independent-school leaders at a one-day education conference, held at Brighton College. 

He added: “I’m appalled that we’re going to have to divert some £700 million a year to meet an actuarial requirement, and no one’s going to thank us. No one realises the benefit that people in the scheme are getting.”

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