To help people save for their retirement, the Government requires all employers in the UK to automatically enrol their employees into a workplace pension if they meet certain requirements.
This is known as automatic enrolment.
In the LGPS, most new employees will automatically join the Scheme when they commence employment.
Scheme members are able to opt-out of the LGPS at any time if they want to.
Under automatic enrolment, if you are not already a member of the LGPS, you will automatically join the Scheme at the point in the future that you:
· have a contract of employment of three months or more;
· earn over £10,000 a year (or pro-rata pay period);
· are age 22 or over; and
· are under State Pension age.
If you are automatically enrolled, you can choose to leave the LGPS by opting-out at any time.
If you are already a member of the LGPS, automatic enrolment will not affect you as you are already a member of a qualifying pension scheme. However, you may be affected if you change jobs or take on another job in the future.