Introduction and Overview of Employer Responsibilities
These pages are for employer use only. Member information can be found on the home page.
This Employers Guide has been published to assist employers with procedures and the interpretation of the Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations. It will also indicate which forms and documents the Pensions Team will need for the various issues you will be dealing with. This guide does not overrule the Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations.
Employers should also refer to the Fund’s Administration Strategy which outlines an employer’s responsibilities within the Fund.
About The Local Government Pension Scheme
The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) is a public sector pension scheme for Local Government employees in England and Wales. The rules laid out here are dictated by legislation passed by Parliament.
The current scheme is controlled by the Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations 2013 which came into effect on 1st April 2014.
The scheme meets the requirements of both the Department for Work and Pensions and HM Revenue and Customs.
The scheme 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. Employers participating in the LGPS fall into the following categories:
- Scheme Employers
- Designation Bodies
- Admission Bodies
Scheme employers are Local Authorities and other similar bodies, whose staff automatically qualify to become members of the Local Government Pension Scheme. These include County Councils, District Councils, Foundation Schools, colleges etc.
Designation Bodies (also known as Resolution Bodies)
Designation Bodies are Scheme Employers whose employees can be scheme members if the employer has passed a resolution to that effect. There are several categories of designation bodies but they are mainly Town and Parish Councils and local authority owned companies.
These are employers whose staff can become members of the pension fund by virtue of an admission agreement made between the Fund and the relevant body and have been nominated for membership. They include non-profit making organisations providing a public service and contractors providing a service previously undertaken by a scheme employer.
The Shropshire County Pension Fund
Shropshire Council is the administering authority responsible for the Shropshire County Pension Fund. In addition to Shropshire Council, The Borough of Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, the Fund has over 140 other employers. A full list of Fund employers can be found by viewing the latest Annual Report.
The Pension Fund is managed by the Pension Committee. This consists of elected representatives from the various councils, union representatives and a pensioners representative.
The Pension Fund holds an Annual Meeting, usually in November with presentations on the work of the Fund, its performance and investments and usually includes guest speakers. All scheme members, pensioners and employers are invited to attend.