Who can join/opt out

Who can join?

All new staff members under the age of 75 and who have a contract of employment of more than three months, are eligible to join the LGPS. Members who have a contract for less than three months, can choose to join the scheme.

An eligible member must be enrolled from the date they start their employment.

When you enrol a new member, you'll need to:

  • Give them a new member form and brief scheme guide within six weeks of starting their employment
  • Make sure member and employer contributions are taken from the first pay period
  • Include their details on your i-Connect extract

The member should return their new member form to us. Once we have this form, we'll set up the member’s record and look into any transfer requests they may want investigated. 

Opting out

All members can opt out of the LGPS by filling in an opt out form. This can be found on our website and filled in online or downloaded.

The member must return their completed form to you, as their employer. If they've completed the form online, you'll get an automatic notification if your organisation is listed on the online form and this form of communication has been agreed.

When you get the member’s form, you should update your system, tell payroll and tell us as the administering authority.

You must not process a member as having left until you have their form. You should also be aware that a member can't opt out before they've started their employment.

If they've more than one employment, they must fill in an opt out form for each employment they wish to opt out of.