Opting out of the LGPS
Membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) is automatic in many cases, but you don’t have to stay in the scheme. You can cancel your membership; this is called opting out.
If you're thinking of opting out remember, the LGPS is one of the best occupational schemes in England and Wales. By being a member, youll get a range of secure benefits.
If you're a new employee, you can’t opt out before you begin your job.
Before you opt out – have you considered the 50/50 section?
Notice to opt out
If, after reading about the benefits of joining the LGPS, you decide that you still want to opt out, you must complete an opt out form. You can either print the form off and return it to your employer. Or you can complete the online opt out form on the Shropshire Council website. If you're not able to print out the form, please contact the pensions team on 01743 252130.
Your application to opt out of the LGPS can only progress when this form has been received by your employer who'll cease taking pension contributions. After your employer has adjusted their payroll, they'll then instruct the Pensions Team that you have opted out.
To find out what happens to your benefits after opting out of the scheme, see the page Leaving the scheme before retirement, under Related Pages.
Opting back into the scheme
If you want to opt back in to the LGPS, you can fill in an opt in form.
If you opted out on or after 11 April 2015, but later re-join the LGPS, your two periods of membership must stay separate. They cannot be joined together.