In October 2012 Government introduced changes to pension legislation, known as "automatic enrolment". All UK employers have to "auto enrol" eligible employees who are not already in a pension scheme into a "qualifying pension scheme." Our qualifying pension scheme is the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). Please click on the link above for more information about the LGPS.
New employees, who are eligible job holders and have a contract for at least 3 months, will be contractually enrolled immediately under the LGPS rules with the right to opt out. An eligible job holder is someone who:
- is aged between 22 and state pension age
- has earnings in excess of £10,000 per annum
If new or current employees choose to opt out of the pension scheme, under automatic enrolment legislation you will be auto enrolled back into the LGPS again every three years. You will receive a letter when this is due to happen and will be given advice on how to opt out again if you wish to do so.