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Was a teacher - can I refund/take back my pension

(13 Posts)
marsandgalaxy Sun 22-Oct-17 17:46:50

Hi,

I really know nothing about whether this is possible so I thought I would ask and google has confused me!

I am a qualified teacher in the UK but have left teaching. I taught from September 2012 to April 2015. I paid into my pension during that time which was taken out from my pay each month.

I was wondering if it were possible to get a refund / take the money back that I paid into my pension?

Thanks for your help mumsnetters

TractorTedTed Sun 22-Oct-17 17:48:59

Yes, I'm fairly sure you can. Contact the teachers' pension scheme.
Do you really have to though? I wouldn't have thought it was worth it personally.

TheFallenMadonna Sun 22-Oct-17 17:52:40

This says you can if you paid in for less than 2 years, but you went just over.

Polly99 Sun 22-Oct-17 17:54:28

No, you won’t be able to get a refund - after 2 years your entitlement vests which means you are entitled to a pension.
You could take a transfer to a DC scheme, but you’ll only be able to access cash when you are 55.

TheFallenMadonna Sun 22-Oct-17 17:55:44

Here it says you can leave them there, move them to another scheme, but not get a refund.

marsandgalaxy Sun 22-Oct-17 18:36:57

So I wouldn't usually consider taking out a pension, but unfortunately my money situation is pretty dire and I really hoped to access.

I'm nearly 30 so although I should be thinking a lot about my pension, I have more of a need for the money now.

So from your responses I take it that I cant get it refunded to me ?

Thanks for all the advice so far

LillyLollyLandy Sun 22-Oct-17 18:48:49

Correct - you can’t get it refunded unless you were paying in for less than 2 years, and then you’d lose the employer contributions.

NoSwsForYou Sun 22-Oct-17 18:51:17

Nope, I tried. I'd paid in for more than two years! Desperately needed it too.

marsandgalaxy Sun 22-Oct-17 20:07:19

When I first started teaching I was paid as an unqualified teacher and wonder if this means I might have paid in for my pension less than two years? (This is all at a stretch and a hope)

Who would I ring / email to enquire to find out exactly if how long I'd officially paid in for?

LillyLollyLandy Sun 22-Oct-17 21:39:26

Do you get letters telling you how much you’ve got in your pension? I get them every year. Ring the number on there.

DrMadelineMaxwell Sun 22-Oct-17 21:42:30

You can register and sign in to access all your info on the teacherspension website these days.

You need your NI number and your DFE number to register with. It's v simple.

AnneElliott Mon 23-Oct-17 23:05:54

You won't get as much back as you expect op. As tax relief was applied on the payments. DH left the civil service and was offered £8k transfer value to another pension or £600.

scaryteacher Tue 24-Oct-17 17:43:27

Keep it there and let it grow. I taught for 5 years and mine pays out when I'm 60, It's more than I thought it would be, and there's a lump sum as well. 8 and a little bit of years to go.

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