Who can join/opt out

Who can join?

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

An eligible member must be enrolled from your auto-enrolment date, or from the date they start their employment.

In both cases you will need to:

  • Give the member a new member form and brief scheme guide within six weeks of starting their employment
  • Make sure member and employer contributions are deducted from the first pay period
  • Include the member's details on your iConnect extract

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

Note: Most members will be brought into the scheme automatically. Exceptions to this would be casual workers and those workers with a contract of three months or less (unless they are an ‘eligible jobholder’ under auto-enrolment and the employer’s staging date has passed).

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 note 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.