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The Local Government Pension Scheme

Additional Pension Contributions

You can pay additional pension contributions (APCs) to boost your pension at retirement or to cover lost pension due to authorised unpaid leave or industrial action.

Which APC is right for me? Click here to open flowchart
The maximum amount of additional pension you can buy is 6500 per year (2016/17 rates). This figure will increase each year in line with the cost of living.

Below are two calculators which will allow you to work out the cost of buying either extra pension or lost pension. If you are unsure about which calculator to use please use the flowchart on the right hand side of this page to help you.

You can only use this calculator to buy lost pension if all of your period of absence was after 31st March 2015. Please contact your pension fund administering authority if this is not the case.

Buy Extra Pension

Why use the extra pension option?



Use this option if you want to boost your pension benefits at retirement. You must be in the main section of the Scheme to increase your benefits in this way. This option is not available if you are in the 50/50 section of the scheme.

You can choose to buy extra pension by spreading payment over a number of complete years (unless you are within 1 year of your Normal Pension Age) or by making a one-off payment. Your employer can choose to contribute towards the cost of the extra pension. If this is the case you must obtain written confirmation of the share that they have agreed to pay before making your application to buy APCs.

Buy Lost Pension

Why use the lost pension option?



If you are absent from work as a result of industrial action, authorised unpaid leave or unpaid additional child related leave this period will not count towards your pension. Use this option if you wish to buy back the pension that you have lost during this time. You can do this regardless of whether you are in the main or 50/50 section of the Scheme.

You can choose to buy the lost pension by spreading payment over a number of complete years (unless you are within 1 year of your Normal Pension Age) or by making a one-off payment. If you elect to cover the break within 30 days of returning to work your employer will meet two thirds of the cost, unless the absence is due to industrial action.
Please ensure you read the terms and conditions before making an application for APCs
Please ensure you read the terms and conditions before making an application for APCs