To help people save for their retirement the Government requires all employers in the UK to automatically enrol their workers into a workplace pension if they meet certain requirements. This is known as automatic enrolment and already happens in the LGPS, with most new employees automatically joining the scheme when they commence employment.
Under automatic enrolment if you are not already a member of the LGPS, you will automatically join the scheme at the point in the future that you:
- have a contract of employment of three months or more
- earn over £10,000 a year (or pro-rata pay period)
- are age 22 or over, and
- are under State Pension age.
If you are automatically enrolled, you can choose to leave the LGPS by opting out at any time.
What if my contract of employment is for less than three months?
If you are under age 75, you can choose to join the scheme by completing our form I wish to Join/ Rejoin. You will need to complete the form 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.