Teachers' Pensions

How and when do I join MDC?

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You can join MDC at any time, all you need to do is complete an activation form and return to mdc@teacherspensions.co.uk.

Once submitted, you’ll receive a notification to confirm your participation and any additional information.

When you commit to onboard to MDC, we'll give you at least a 3 month lead time to prepare. During this 3 months period we'll provide support to best prepare you to submit monthly data.

For the first 3 months you submit into a test system (No ‘live’ member records will be updated). This allows you to identify any errors that could be fixed and allows us to ensure the data provided is of an acceptable standard.

Following your third submission, the information will be compared against our success criteria. You’ll be notified when you have successfully passed the criteria and you’ll then be moved into the live environment. It’s important to note the initial 3 test submissions will need to be resubmitted into the live system, ensuring that any errors are corrected before returning.

All future submissions will update live records.

Don’t worry if you don’t pass the success criteria, you’ll continue to submit MDC data within our test system until we’re both comfortable about moving you into live. We’ll support you throughout the entire process.

It’s important that when you re-upload these files that all the errors have been corrected to ensure you won’t have to do the exercise again.

Once we confirm you’re live, all future extracts will go straight into the live system.

Please note that service prior to joining MDC will still need to be provided, since your most recent ASR, may not have yet been submitted. You can do through MDC or by completing a TR28.

MDC can be completed in either of two ways.  You can use our own bespoke MDC template to complete and return to us or you can develop your own MDC solution based on the information in the guidance and specification notes.

There’s a number of payroll providers and software suppliers who have already created their own solutions for this. If you're using either of these you should ideally contact them first.

Last Updated: 21/02/2018 14:10


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