Who can join?

The LGPS is a qualifying pension scheme open to employers and other organisations that have chosen to participate in it. If you are employed by a Local Authority, you will be automatically enrolled into the scheme if you have a contract of employment for three months or more and are under age 75. There is no restriction on the minimum number of hours you must work.

If your contract of employment is for less than three months and you are under age 75, you can choose to join the scheme by completing an ‘Option to Join Form’, Option to Join/Rejoin Form (PDF 96KB). You should complete it and send it to your payroll department to opt into the scheme and start paying contributions. You will become a member from the beginning of your next pay period.

If you work for another organisation in the Fund, you will be automatically enrolled if you have a contract of employment for three months or more and are covered by your employer’s designation statement, or you are eligible under the terms of your employer’s admission agreement. All employers must provide a qualifying pension scheme for automatic enrolment and you should check whether it is the LGPS in your case.