Have you recently received a letter from us to say you've been automatically enrolled?
Why have I been automatically enrolled?
The Workplace Pension Law has changed. This new legislation requires all employers to automatically enrol workers into a workplace pension scheme that meets certain minimum standards. A workplace pension scheme is a way to save for your retirement, in which your employer contributes towards your retirement savings too.
You will be automatically enrolled into a workplace pension scheme, if you:
- Work, or usually work, in the UK;
- Are not already in a workplace pension scheme
- Are aged 22 or over;
- Are under the State Pension Age;
- Earn more than £10,000* a year
*from April 2014 - subject to change
From a date set by the Pension Regulator your employer will begin opting in workers who meet the criteria above, even if they have previously chosen not to join.
All workers affected will be written to explaining how the changes will affect them personally and you can choose to opt out of the pension if you want to.
Automatic Enrolment Guidance for Members
For Automatic Enrolment FAQ's click here.
Why the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)?
The LGPS is one of the most generous pension schemes in the UK. It is backed by the Government which means it is not subject to stock market conditions and it is calculated based on your salary and length of service.
Key benefits of the LGPS include:
- Contributions from your employer;
- Secure pension on retirement;
- Protection for your loved ones via ill health cover;
- The ability to nominate co-habiting partners to receive a pension - you do not need to be married;
- Death cover up to 3x your salary;
- Ability to translate some of your pension into a tax free lump sum on retirement;
- No hidden costs or charges - your contributions are based on the amount you earn; and
- The value of your pension is increased with inflation, meaning it keeps up to date with the cost of living
- Joining the LGPS comes at a low-cost to you, with tax-efficient savings and lower national insurance contributions for most people under the state pension age.