1. Scheme members
Active members - are currently contributing to the Local Government Pension Scheme.
Deferred members - have contributed to the Local Government Pension Scheme previously. Visit the deferred members pages
Active scheme members
The main benefits of the LGPS are:
- A secure pension, payable for life.
- Flexible lump sum options (provided to you at your retirement).
- Tax-efficient savings.
- Employer contribution - your employer pays whatever amount is necessary to ensure that your benefits are properly funded.
- Early retirement - you can choose to retire from age 55 and receive your benefits immediately, although they may be reduced for early payment. It’s also possible to retire from age 55 and receive your benefits immediately, if you are made redundant, retired on grounds of efficiency, or with your employer's consent.
- Death cover - in the event of your death while contributing a pension would be payable to your surviving eligible children and or spouse / civil partner / cohabiting partner.
- If you ever become seriously ill, you could receive immediate ill-health benefits, once you have been assessed by an Independent Registered Medical Practitioner.
- Options to increase your pension by paying additional contributions. These additional contributions also attract tax relief.
Employee contribution bands
|LGPS Contribution Table 2017/18|
||Actual pensionable pay for an employment
||Contribution rate for that employment|
|Main LGPS section||50/50 LGPS section|
|1||Up to £13,700||5.5%||2.75%|
|2||£13,701 to £21,400||5.8%||2.9%|
|3||£21,401 to £34,700||6.5%||3.25%|
|4||£34,701 to £43,900||6.8%||3.4%|
|5||£43,901 to £61,300||8.5%||4.25%|
|6||£61,301 to £86,800||9.9%||4.95%|
|7||£86,801 to £102,200||10.5%||5.25%|
|8||£102,201 to £153,300||11.4%||5.7%|
|9||£153,301 or more||12.5%||6.25%|
Last updated: 30 March 2017