TSC pension revised. Retired teachers and civil servants will soon be able to access pension services conveniently through Huduma Centres, as reported by educationnewsupdate.co.ke.
In an effort to combat fraud and ensure that pensioners receive their benefits without intermediaries,
Geoffrey Kibanda from the pensions department advised civil servants to directly engage with the pension department.
Kibanda expressed regret that many pensioners and their families have fallen victim to fraudsters who falsely claim to assist with pension-related matters.
He emphasized the accessibility of pension services at all Huduma Centres across the country,
eliminating the need for individuals to travel to Nairobi for assistance.
TSC pension revised
During a sensitization session held in Iten on the public service superannuation scheme,
Kibanda urged chiefs to consult widely before signing next-of-kin declaration forms.
He pointed out that incorrect documentation can lead to delays in processing benefits,
causing difficulties for pensioners or their surviving family members.
Kibanda also addressed the issue of beneficiaries being excluded due to situations where an officer may have multiple spouses or children born outside of wedlock.
He stressed the importance of maintaining up-to-date records and submitting them promptly, noting that with all required documents in order,
pensioners under the old scheme can expect to receive their pensions within 90 days,
TSC pension revised
while those under the new scheme can receive their benefits within 30 days.
Under the new superannuation scheme, individuals can access their benefits at any time,
including in the event of resignation or dismissal from service.
Kibanda further explained that male officers enrolled in the scheme have their contributions to the Widows and Children Pension Scheme (WCPS) cease immediately,
along with receiving tax relief on contributions.
Regarding contributions, Kibanda mentioned that deductions for officers under the scheme began at 2 percent of their basic salary in January 2021,
increased to 5 percent in 2022, and will reach 7.5 percent in the current year.
He urged contributors to ensure their contributions reach 7.5 percent; otherwise, they will be required to cover any arrears.
He also noted that while employees can contribute more, the government will not match the increase in contributions.
This transition to a more accessible pension system aims to streamline the process and ensure civil servants and retired teachers receive their benefits promptly.