New Starts

The Local Government Pension Scheme is open to local government employees even if they do not meet the criteria for Auto Enrolment. You do need to be under 75 years of age.

Reasons to join:

  • The LGPS is an important part of your employment package and provides an excellent range of benefits
  • You pay your contributions and your employer pays too
  • The scheme is flexible - you can choose to pay less or more, and you can draw your benefits anytime from age 60 to 75
  • The benefits you get include a pension when you retire as well as immediate life cover and ill-health protection
  • There are also benefits for your loved ones with pensions for dependants if you die.

When you started your employment, you should have been asked to complete a Local Government Pension Scheme 2017 Membership Form and an LGPS Expression of Wish 2015 and also have been provided with the Data Matching Guide 2015 and the LGPS Promotional leaflet  . If you have not done so please click on the links to these forms then complete and return to the pension team as soon as possible.


Police officers, operational firefighters and, in general, teachers and employees eligible to join another statutory pension scheme (such as the NHS Pension Scheme) are not allowed to join the LGPS.

For more information please see the publications below or contact the Pension Team.




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