Will my earlier benefits change?

All pensions in payment or built up before April 2015 are protected. If you are currently in receipt of a pension or have left with a deferred pension the changes from April 2015 do not affect you unless you rejoin the Scheme.

If you were paying into the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) on 31 March 2015 you will automatically be in the new scheme from 1 April 2015. All benefits built up before April 2015, will continue to be based on your final year’s pay when you leave the Scheme as these benefits were built up in the final salary scheme. This includes a protected Normal Pension Age for payment of those benefits. The protected Normal Pension Age is age 65 (except for a very small number of members with an earlier protected age of 60).

iyou are paying into the Scheme and have deferred and/or pension membership then only one death grant will be paid.  This will be whichever is the highest amount of either the active membership or any deferred and/or pensioner membership added together.


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