Town and parish councils can decide which individuals or positions are eligible for the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). These are called designating bodies. They are able to use the LGPS as a pension scheme for their employees, but they don’t have to do so.
Employees of a designating body can only join the LGPS if their employer nominates that member of staff or their role as eligible for membership of the scheme.
There must be a majority agreement at a meeting of the council to elect to become an employer in Cheshire Pension Fund. Following this we will require a copy of the minutes of the meeting including the name, class of employees or roles of employees designated to join.
Cheshire Pension Fund operates a pooling of town and parish councils for contribution rates. Should a resolution be passed to join, we’ll provide you with details of the rate payable as a new LGPS employer. This pooled contribution rate is subject to a triennial valuation when the rate is reviewed and set for the following 3 years.