Entry into the Main Section of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) is automatic* for most employees under age 75, with the exception of those with a contract of less than 3 months.
Employees with a contract of less than 3 months can join the LGPS:
- on opting in
- when their contract is extended to 3 months or more
- on their automatic enrolment date if an “eligible jobholder” (unless postponement is used)
For all new employees with automatic entry or employees that have been nominated for membership or previous optant outs who wish to rejoin please use Employer Self Service, interfaces or i-Connect to notify LGSS Pensions of new starters. Please contact us for more information on these approaches.
New starters should also be issued with a Membership Information form for completion and return to LGSS Pensions, along with a Death Grant – Expression of Wish form. You will find both of these forms on our Forms, booklets and factsheets page.
Please see our Contributions pages for further employer communication requirements on commencement.
* Employees of both Designating Body employers (e.g. town and parish councils) and Admission Body employers (e.g. contractors) can only join if the employer nominates the employee for membership of the scheme.