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NAHT Northern Ireland represents principals and vice-principals in around two-thirds of 1,150 schools in Northern Ireland. NAHT Northern Ireland provide advice, training and support for its members on a range of issues faced by senior leaders in schools. Along with our colleagues in England and Wales, we are there to defend and extend the rights of school leaders.  

NAHT NI is democratic and member-led, and supported by its Belfast-based team of staff alongside their colleagues based in both Wales and England.

NAHT Northern Ireland
Carnmoney House
Edgewater Office Park


02890 776633 

NAHT submits response to the Treasury's consultation on the proposals to the cost cap mechanism

We have submitted our response to the Treasury's 'Public Service Pensions: cost control mechanism consultation.'


The cost control mechanism was introduced following the recommendations of the Independent Public Service Pensions Commission (IPSPC) in 2011.

For each scheme, the mechanism assesses certain aspects of the costs of providing that scheme; if, when the mechanism is tested, those costs have decreased/increased by more than a specified percentage of pensionable pay compared to their original level, then member benefits in the relevant scheme are increased or reduced to bring the cost of that scheme back to target.


HM Treasury is currently consulting on a number of changes to the mechanism following a 'breach' in the 2016 valuations. Proposals include changes to the type of pension schemes included in the calculations, changes to the 'corridor trigger' and the introduction of an 'economic check.'

NAHT's response on behalf of England, Wales and Northern Ireland schemes

NAHT strongly opposes this review, and we are of the view that it could be considered as an alteration to the 25-year pension agreement settlement. We believe that the case has not been made for the need to review the mechanism and that the arguments put forward by the government for doing so, are disingenuous. 

You can read our full response below. 

First published 16 August 2021

Recent consultations and other documents

NITC joint letter to management side

The five teacher unions in Northern Ireland, including NAHT(NI), wrote to the employers seeking additional payment to school leaders and teaching staff who worked significant additional hours during summer 2021 in order to ensure this work was recognised.


Consultation on deferring school starting age: NAHT(NI) draft response

We are concerned at the advancement of this proposal as the evidential basis for this consultation is highly limited. We contend that the current proposal should be retracted. The proposal fails to reflect the experience of pupils, school leaders, parents and the whole school community. Given the significance of this potential policy change, it is essential that the perspectives of all stakeholders are considered. We know that members are operating in a business-critical environment and will have limited or no time to engage with consultation exercises, however, we encourage members to consider responding to this important consultation and copy our response to complete your individual response.


Previous consultation responses and statements

First published 08 April 2020