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Office hours over Christmas
The pensions office will close for Christmas on Monday 23 December 2019. We will re-open at 8.45am on Thursday 2 January 2020. During this time, if you have a query, you can email pensions@shropshire.…
Pensions made simple - member videos
The ‘Pensions Made Simple’ member videos created in collaboration with the Local Government Association, are now available to view on our website. There are seven short videos in total which cover a…
Employer meeting 2019- Two weeks to go!
It's nearly time for our employer meeting, if you haven’t booked a place yet, don't worry, there's still time. It's important that someone from your organisation attends as the initial results of the…
Update contacts and signatories in your organisation
We're currently reviewing the contact forms and authorising signatories we hold for all our employers. We'll be contacting employers whose details may be out of date. If you receive an email, please h…
Employer meeting 2019
The next employers meeting will take place on 15th November 2019 from 9am to 1pm. We strongly recommend your organisation's attendance at this meeting, as it will provide the initial results of the…
Do you employ any casual or time-sheet staff?
When processing data for year end, we've noticed that some employers are not ceasing casual/ time-sheet staff and treating these members as leavers from the pension scheme, even when they haven’t work…
Latest news on McCloud judgement
Back in February, the Scheme Advisory Board (SAB) paused the cost management process due to uncertainty surrounding an on-going court case, known as the McCloud and Sergeant case. As a reminder, the c…
Data retention policy for LGPS employers
The LGA has commissioned a data retention policy template which we encourage you to use and display on your website. The document sets out what data you should keep for members of the LGPS and for how…
Annual report for 2018/2019 published
The Fund's Annual Report & Accounts highlight the important issues affecting the Fund over the previous twelve months, together with full details about it's administration performance. Follow the…
Employers' meeting - have you booked your place yet?
This year's employers meeting is taking place on 15 November 2019. At this meeting, new employer rates will be given out. This will be a good opportunity to discuss the interim valuation results with…
LGPS 2014 payroll guide updated
The HR and Payroll guides have been updated and are available under the guides and sample documents page of the LGPS website (Link under 'Related Links'). The guides set out the requirements for payr…
Additional pension contributions (APCs) technical guide
The LGPS Secretariat has released further guidance for employers on how APCs work and how the amount of extra or lost pension purchased is added to a member’s active pension account. You can find…
LGA responds to exit payment cap consultation
The Local Government Association have released a response to the government's consultation on restricting exit payments in the public sector. Their response can be found under Related Links. Section…
Full scheme guide now available online
The LGPC Secretariat has released the latest LGPS full scheme guide for employees in England and Wales. This can be found on our Forms and Guides page, under 'Related Links', or by clicking the image…
New ill-health certificates
The LGA have recently released updated ill-health certificates for all ill-health retirements, Tier 3 reviews and deferred pensions into payment. These can be found on our ill-health pages in the empl…
Valuation reminder and employers meeting
We'd like to remind you once again that it's valuation year and it's important all relevant information is sent to us as soon as possible.  Initial results from valuation will be available at the emp…
SAB issues advice on cost cap and McCloud liabilities
Back in January we informed you of some scheme changes proposed by the Scheme Advisory Board (SAB), resulting from the cost management process taking place across all public service schemes including…
i-Connect downtime 4 pm Friday 17 May to Tuesday 21 May
i-Connect will be unavailable from 4pm on Friday 17 May until Tuesday 21 May due to an upgrade. Please make sure you've uploaded your i-Connect return before the system becomes unavailable. We apolog…
Local valuation cycle and management of employer risk consultation
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have opened a twelve week policy consultation closing on 31 July 2019. It covers the following areas: amendments to the local fund valu…
New ‘Thinking of retiring’ guides out now!
We’ve just released new guides for active and deferred members who are thinking of retiring. These guides will be useful for your active members who are approaching retirement age or for those membe…
Revival of the exit payment cap
Back in May 2015, the government announced its intention to cap exit payments for public sector workers. It was proposed that a cap of £95,000 would apply to all types of payments in relation to indiv…
Employers Meeting 2019
Employers meeting – initial Valuation results 2019 This year's employers meeting is taking place on 15th November 2019 It's essential for the relevant staff (those responsible for LGPS issues or wo…
Brief guide to actuarial valuation
What is an actuary? In a nutshell, an actuary is a business professional who analyses the financial effects of risk. Actuaries use mathematics, statistics, and financial theory to study the uncertain…