Rule 24: Office-holder opt-out
101.Rule 24 makes provisions for office-holder members to opt-out of the pension scheme as office-holder members by giving notice in writing (see rule 108) to the Fund trustees.
102.If an office-holder member opts out within three months of being appointed to a relevant office, rule 24(2) provides that the office-holder will be treated as never having been an office-holder member since their appointment. Any contributions paid by the office-holder since being appointed will be refunded.
103.Rule 24(3) applies to qualifying office-holders who opt out of office-holder membership after more than three months of being appointed. Upon receiving notice of the office-holder opt-out, the Fund trustees will determine a date for the termination of the office-holder membership to the scheme. That date is to be as soon as is practically possible, which is likely to be the end of the period covered by the payment of the last contribution deducted from the office-holder’s salary.