Introduction and overview of employer responsibilities
These pages are for employer use only. Member information can be found on the home page.
Our employers guide has been created to help you with your duties as a scheme employer. It also gives an overview of LGPS rules and regulations. This guide doesn’t overrule LGPS regulations.
As well as the employers guide, you should read our administration strategy. This document describes your employer responsibilities in the LGPS.
About the LGPS
The LGPS is a public sector pension scheme for local government employees in England and Wales. The rules governing the scheme are set out in law. The LGPS is a qualifying scheme under the requirements of both the Department for Work and Pensions and HM Revenue and Customs.
The LGPS is administered by: county councils, London boroughs, lead metropolitan district councils, the London Pension Fund Authority and the environment agency. These are all known as the “administering authority” and are responsible for the fund.
The different types of employers in the LGPS are:
- Scheme employers
- Designation bodies
- Admission bodies
Scheme employers are local authorities whose staff automatically qualify for membership. They include county councils, district councils, foundation schools, colleges etc.
Designation Bodies (also known as Resolution Bodies)
Designation bodies are scheme employers whose staff can join the LGPS. To do so, the employer must pass a resolution. There are several different types of designation bodies. Most are town and parish councils and local authority owned companies.
Admission bodies are employers whose staff can become LGPS members by an admission agreement between the fund and the employer. They need to be nominated for membership. Admission bodies include non-profit making organisations providing a public service. They also include contractors providing a service previously undertaken by a scheme employer.
About the Shropshire County Pension Fund
We administer the LGPS for local government employees in Shropshire. As well as Shropshire Council, The Borough of Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, we look after over 170 other employers. A full list of our scheme employers can be found in the annual report.
We're managed by the Pensions Committee. The committee is made up of members representing employers, employees and pensioners.