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UCU response to government decision not to support universities facing increased pension costs

10 April 2019

Responding to the government's decision not to extend financial support to universities facing increased costs to fund the Teachers' Pension Scheme, University and College Union (UCU) acting general secretary, Paul Cottrell, said:

'It is deeply worrying that the government has decided not to extend support to universities affected by increased Teachers' Pension Scheme costs. The government is wrong to be relaxed about the potential financial problems that its decision will cause. We are seriously concerned about the impact the decision could have on staff and students, especially as many of these institutions are crucial drivers of social mobility.'