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What do I need to know?

Important information from LGPS

Under the LGPS Regulations employees of a “Designating Body” such as a Parish or Town Council can only join the LGPS if their employer nominates that member of staff as eligible for membership of the Scheme.

Participating in the LGPS as an Employer requires a Parish or Town Council committing itself to future expenditure and because of that, the matter of joining must be considered at a meeting of the Council in accordance with Para 39 (1) Sch. 12 of the Local Government Act 1972 which states:

“Subject to the provisions of any enactment (including any enactment in this Act) all questions coming or arising before a local authority shall be decided by a majority of the members of the authority present and voting thereon at a meeting of the authority.”

Parish and Town Councils must therefore reach a majority agreement at a meeting of the Council and elect to become an Employer in the Cheshire Pension Fund. Also, the Council must indicate the name, class of employees or roles of employees who they nominate as permitted to join.

The Cheshire Pension Fund will require a copy of the minute of the meeting confirming the decision to permit nominated eligible employees to join the Scheme together with individual “Notification of Appointment Forms” for each new joining employee.

Please contact the Pension Fund to obtain copies of this form.