Scottish Teachers' Superannuation Scheme (STSS)

The scheme covers academic staff in the Scottish conference sector and some of those transferred to other universities on merger.

About STSS

STSS is administered by the Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA). In most cases the scheme applies in the same way as TPS: the current exceptions are listed below:

  • If an STSS member dies during a period for which he or she is not paying contributions, a lump sum death benefit is payable in respect of that member only if he or she died during the first two months of that period or within the first year of such a period which began on account of the member's permanent incapacity.
  • Members of STSS are not normally entitled to bring their pensions into payment before age 60 (even at the cost of actuarial reduction) unless they have retired on the grounds of ill-health or redundancy or in the interests of the employer's efficiency.
  • A member of STSS who has become entitled to a pension from the scheme and is again employed as teacher can accrue STSS pension in that new employment only if it began before April 1997.

The Teachers' Superannuation (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/393) introduced the following changes:

  • introduced new provisions for paternity and adoption leave;
  • where a teacher wishes to transfer into STSS deferred benefits from another pension scheme that MUST be done within 12 months' of joining;
  • clarified that when a member dies within 12 months of retirement on the grounds of incapacity a death grant is NOT payable.

Leaflets and other information on the scheme can be found at www.sppa.gov.uk.

Consultation

Like the TPS the Scottish Public Pensions Agency ran a consultation on possible changes to the  Teachers' Superannuation Scheme (STSS). The negotiations now fall under the umbrella of the framework principles and the TSWP are insisting that any changes to TPS are taken into STSS.

The original consultation papers included improvements which can be done without an increase to the 6% contribution rate within the intended change to a pension scheme retirement age of 65

There are also possible changes which if implemented could mean higher contribution rates for individual members. It is therefore vital that input is provided by individual members along with those from the relevant trade unions to ensure that the schemes reflect contributing members' wishes.

Last updated: 14 April 2015