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Early Payment due to ill health

If you are under Normal Pension Age (NPA) and have to retire through ill-health, you can apply for Ill-Health benefits. Applications should only be submitted after all other avenues such as redeployment have been exhausted. You must provide medical evidence that your illness permanently prevents you from teaching and carrying out any work impaired by more than 90% and likely permanently to be so. Ill-Health benefits for deferred members will be paid at the Partial Incapacity Benefits (PIB) level.

If you are not in pensionable employment and you are not on sick leave or parental leave, only PIB can be granted if you apply for Ill-Health Retirement (IHR).  Your service will not be enhanced but you must meet the criteria for TIB

Partial Incapacity Benefits would be granted if you are assessed as being permanently unable to teach but can undertake other employment. Members who qualify for PIB will receive a lower level of benefits consisting of service accrued to date of  retirement with no enhancement. 

Total Incapacity Benefits would be granted if, as well as being permanently unable to teach, you are assessed as having your ability to carry out any work impaired by more than 90% and likely permanently to be so.  The total amount of enhancement you may receive if you are awarded TIB is half the service you could have completed before NPA.

Link to Scottish Government Website