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The Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations 1997

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART I PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS

    1. 1.Citation and commencement

    2. 2.Interpretation

    3. 3.Application to Isles of Scilly

  3. PART II PRIMARY PROVISIONS

    1. CHAPTER I MEMBERSHIP

      1. Eligibility for active membership

        1. 4.General eligibility for membership: employees of Scheme employers etc.

        2. 5.Agreements to enable employees of non-Scheme employers to be members(“admission agreements”)

        3. 6.Further restrictions on eligibility

      2. Joining and leaving the Scheme

        1. 7.Joining the Scheme

        2. 8.Leaving the Scheme

    2. CHAPTER II COUNTING MEMBERSHIP FOR THE SCHEME

      1. 9.Periods of membership: “total membership”

      2. 10.Excluded membership

      3. 11.Length of period of membership: calculation of benefit

    3. CHAPTER III CONTRIBUTIONS

      1. 12.Members’ contributions

      2. 13.Meaning of “pay”

      3. 14.Members with lower rate rights

      4. 15.Employer’s discretion to reduce member's contribution rate

      5. 16.Inland Revenue limits on contributions

      6. 17.Obligatory contributions during absences

      7. 18.Optional contributions during absences

    4. CHAPTER IV BENEFITS

      1. Preliminary

        1. 19.General qualification for benefits

        2. 20.Calculations

        3. 21.Final pay

        4. 22.Other final pay periods

        5. 23.Permanent reductions in pay: certificates of protection of pension benefits

        6. 24.Revenue limits

      2. Retirement benefits

        1. 25.Normal retirement

        2. 26.Redundancy etc.

        3. 27.Ill-health

        4. 28.Amounts of ill-health pension and grant

        5. 29.Re-employed pensioners

        6. 30.Further provisions about elections under regulation 29

        7. 31.Other early leavers: deferred retirement benefits and elections for early payment

        8. 32.Re-employed and rejoining deferred members

        9. 33.Surrenders of pension

        10. 34.No double entitlement

        11. 35.Requirements as to time of payment

        12. 36.Guaranteed minimum pensions etc.

        13. 37.Revaluation of guaranteed minimum

      3. Death grants

        1. 38.Death grants

        2. 39.Reduction of death grants: re-employed pensioners

      4. Surviving spouses’ pensions

        1. 40.Surviving spouse’s short-term pension

        2. 41.Surviving spouse’s long-term pension

        3. 42.Reduction of some surviving spouses’ pensions

        4. 43.Surviving spouse’s guaranteed minimum pension

      5. Children’s pensions

        1. 44.Meaning of “eligible child”

        2. 45.Children’s short-term pensions

        3. 46.Children’s long-term pensions

        4. 47.Discretions as to payment of children’s pensions

        5. 48.Dependants of re-employed pensioners

      6. Commutation

        1. 49.Commutation: small pensions

        2. 50.Commutation: exceptional ill-health

  4. PART III OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

    1. CHAPTER I PRELIMINARY

      1. 51.Scope of Part III: limits on benefits

    2. CHAPTER II INCREASE OF MEMBERSHIP BY EMPLOYING AUTHORITY

      1. 52.Power of employing authority to increase total membership of members leaving employment at or after 50

      2. 53.Power of employing authority to increase total membership of new members

      3. 54.Effect of increases under this Chapter for older members

    3. CHAPTER III MEMBERS’ OPTIONS TO INCREASE PENSIONS

      1. Purchase of added years

        1. 55.Payments to increase total membership

        2. 56.Part-time employees

        3. 57.Effect of increases under this Chapter for older members

      2. Conversion between lump sums and pensions

        1. 58.Election for pension in lieu of retirement grant

        2. 59.Election for lump sum in lieu of pension

    4. CHAPTER IV ADDITIONAL VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS

      1. Members only AVC schemes

        1. 60.Elections to pay AVCs

        2. 61.Payment of AVCs

        3. 62.Functions of employing and administering authorities

        4. 63.Death benefits

        5. 64.Retirement benefits

        6. 65.Changes of employment in which membership is continued

        7. 66.Elections as to use of accumulated value of AVCs

      2. Shared cost schemes (SCAVCs)

        1. 67.Establishment of shared cost AVC schemes (SCAVCs)

        2. 68.Applications to pay SCAVCs

        3. 69.Functions of employing and administering authorities

        4. 70.Application and investment of SCAVCs

        5. 71.Changes of employment in which membership is continued

        6. 72.Termination

  5. PART IV ADMINISTRATION

    1. CHAPTER I PENSION FUNDS AND EMPLOYERS’ PAYMENTS

      1. Pension funds

        1. 73.The pension funds

        2. 74.Appropriate funds

        3. 75.Admission agreement funds

        4. 76.Accounts and audit

        5. 77.Actuarial valuations and certificates

        6. 78.Special circumstances where revised actuarial valuations and certificates must be obtained

      2. Employers’ liability to make payments

        1. 79.Employer’s contributions

        2. 80.Employer’s further payments

        3. 81.Payments by employing authorities to appropriate administering authorities

      3. Interest

        1. 82.Interest

    2. CHAPTER II MEMBERS’ CONTRIBUTIONS

      1. 83.Discontinuance of additional contributions

      2. 84.Separate treatment of AVCs and SCAVCs from other contributions

      3. 85.Over-provision: calculation and return of surplus AVC and SCAVC funds

      4. 86.Cost of calculations for transfer of AVCs or SCAVCs into the Scheme where no transfer is requested

      5. 87.Rights to return of contributions

      6. 88.Exclusion of rights to return of contributions

      7. 89.Deduction and recovery of member's contributions

    3. CHAPTER III PAYMENT OF BENEFITS ETC.

      1. 90.Pension increases and cash equivalents under the Pension Schemes Act 1993

      2. 91.Pension increases under the Pensions (Increase) Acts

      3. 92.Contributions equivalent premiums

      4. 93.Commencement of pensions

      5. 94.Interest on late payment of certain benefits

      6. 95.Payments due in respect of deceased persons

      7. 96.Non-assignability

    4. CHAPTER IV DETERMINATIONS, INFORMATION AND RECORDS

      1. Initial determinations of questions

        1. 97.First instance decisions

        2. 98.Notification of decisions under regulation 97

      2. Resolution of disputes

        1. 99.Appointment of persons to resolve disputes

        2. 100.Right to apply for an appointed person to decide a disagreement

        3. 101.Notice of decisions by appointed persons under regulation 100

        4. 102.Reference of disagreement to the Secretary of State

        5. 103.Notice of decisions by the Secretary of State under regulation 102

        6. 104.Rights of representation

        7. 105.Appeals by administering authorities

      3. Information and records

        1. 106.Statements of policy concerning exercise of discretionary functions

        2. 107.Information to be supplied by employees

        3. 108.Exchange of information by authorities

    5. CHAPTER V SPECIAL ADJUSTMENTS

      1. Abatement during new employment

        1. 109.Statements of policy concerning abatement of retirement pensions in new employment

        2. 110.Application of abatement policy in individual cases

      2. Misconduct

        1. 111.Forfeiture of pension rights after conviction of employment-related offences

        2. 112.Interim payments directions

        3. 113.Recovery or retention where former member has misconduct obligation

        4. 114.Protection of GMP rights

        5. 115.Transfer of sums from the pension fund to compensate for former member's misconduct

    6. CHAPTER VI TRANSFERS

      1. Transfers out

        1. 116.Application of Chapter IV of Part IV of the Pension Schemes Act 1993

        2. 117.Rights to payment out of fund authority’s pension fund

        3. 118.Contracting-out requirements affecting transfers out

      2. Bulk transfer arrangements

        1. 119.Bulk transfers (transfers of undertakings) etc.

        2. 120.Calculation of amount of transfer payment under regulation 119

      3. Transfers in

        1. 121.Inward transfers of pension rights

        2. 122.Right to count credited period

        3. 123.Rights as to service not matched by credited period

      4. Community scheme transferees

        1. 124.Community scheme transferees

      5. Payments between funds and authorities

        1. 125.Changes of fund

        2. 126.Liability for combined benefits

  6. PART V SPECIAL CASES

    1. CHAPTER I ELIGIBILITY

      1. 127.Eligibility for active membership: employees etc. of non-Scheme employers

      2. 128.Supplementary provisions about employees within regulation 127

      3. 129.Miscellaneous transport employees

      4. 130.Miscellaneous airport employees

      5. 131.Further cases of eligibility: non-employees

      6. 132.Separate employments etc.

    2. CHAPTER II MODIFICATIONS FOR CERTAIN EMPLOYEES ETC.

      1. Members who may retire at 70 etc.

        1. 133.Members employed by magistrates’ courts committees

        2. 134.Certain employees of the committee of magistrates for the inner London area

        3. 135.Coroners

      2. Employees of probation committees

        1. 136.Employees of probation committees

      3. City of London and other contributory employees

        1. 137.Certain City of London employees and former contributors

      4. Local government re-organisation

        1. 138.Transfers under the Local Government Act 1992 etc.

        2. 139.Local government reorganisation

        3. 140.Former employees of Manchester Corporation

        4. 141.Transferees under s.18(4)(a) of the National Health Service Reorganisation Act 1973

      5. Reduction of pensions of certain former teachers

        1. 142.Deduction for teachers’ pension payments

      6. Conversion of Discretionary Payments Regulations periods into membership

        1. 143.Conversion of periods credited under Discretionary Payments Regulations etc. into membership

      7. Environment Agency Closed Fund

        1. 144.The Environment Agency Closed Fund

      8. Rights under section 12 of the Superannuation Act 1972

        1. 145.Rights under section 12 of the Superannuation Act 1972

  7. Signature

  8. SCHEDULES

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      INTERPRETATION

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      SCHEME EMPLOYERS

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      EXCLUDED MEMBERSHIP

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      REVENUE RESTRICTIONS

      1. Preliminary

        1. 1.(1) In these Regulations— “Class A member” is a member...

      2. Class A members

        1. 2.(1) This paragraph sets out limits on benefits in respect...

      3. Class B members and Class C members

        1. 3.Paragraphs 4 to 6 set out limits on benefits in...

        2. 4.(1) The aggregate pension payable on retirement at or before...

        3. 5.(1) The aggregate benefit payable by way of lump sum...

        4. 6.(1) The total membership taken into account under paragraphs 4(1),...

        5. 7.(1) If adding the additional contributions payable by a Class...

      4. Maximum additions under regulations 53 and 55

        1. 8.(1) The maximum addition under regulation 53 or 55 is—...

      5. Controlling directors

        1. 9.(1) This paragraph applies to any member who is a...

      6. Overriding provisions

        1. 10.Where by virtue of the Taxes Act or any later...

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      APPROPRIATE FUNDS

      1. PART I GENERAL RULES

        1. 1.(1) The appropriate fund for a member is the fund...

        2. 1.Notes

        3. 2.(1) A Welsh member is a member whose appropriate fund...

        4. 3.A Part II member is a member falling within column...

      2. PART II MISCELLANEOUS AUTHORITIES

      3. PART III MEMBERS AFFECTED BY LOCAL GOVERNMENT REORGANISATION

    6. SCHEDULE 6

      CERTAIN CITY OF LONDON EMPLOYEES AND FORMER CONTRIBUTORS

      1. PART I CITY OF LONDON EMPLOYEES

        1. 1.For any member who is an existing contributor (as defined...

        2. 2.(1) For any member who is an existing contributor or...

        3. 3.(1) In regulation 20(2) for “80” substitute “60”.

        4. 4.(1) In regulation 20 for paragraph (2) substitute—

        5. 5.(1) In regulations 25(1), 26(1) and 31(3) omit the words...

      2. PART II FORMER COMMON COUNCIL LOCAL ACT SCHEME MEMBERS (DISCRETIONARY RIGHTS)

        1. 6.(1) For any active member who— (a) immediately before 1st...

      3. PART III FORMER CONTRIBUTORS

        1. 7.(1) This paragraph applies to a person—

  9. Explanatory Note

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