Joining the LGPS
New Local Government
employees automatically become members of the Local Government
Pension Scheme unless they do not have a contract of more than 3
If your contract is for less than
three months you will not be entered into the scheme automatically
but you can opt to join the scheme if you want to. You can
join the scheme by completing our Joining Form.
If you have previously opted out of
the scheme and would now like to join, you can fill in the Joining
Form so that we can notify your employer that you would
now like to join the scheme.
Form (PDF 33KB)
How much you pay into the pension
scheme depends on how much you're paid but your contribution rate
will be between 5.5% and 12.5%. Please see our section
Do I Pay? for more details.
offers flexibility around how much you pay in pension
contributions. You can choose to move into the 50/50 section
of the scheme. If you move into the 50/50 section of the
scheme you will pay half the amount of pension contributions and
build up half the normal pension benefits. More information
about the 50/50 section of the scheme is available on our 50/50 section page.
Please see our page about
the Benefits of the LGPS you will be entitled to
if you choose to join.
If you are a new employee
and you do NOT wish to join the pension scheme, it is important
that you notify your employer or Bedfordshire Pension Fund as soon
as possible. Please see our section on Opting Out of the
LGPS for more information.