The Local Government Pension Scheme—admission agreements
Produced in partnership with Gary Delderfield of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP
The Local Government Pension Scheme—admission agreements

The following Pensions guidance note Produced in partnership with Gary Delderfield of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The Local Government Pension Scheme—admission agreements
  • What employers can participate in the LGPS?
  • Admission bodies
  • Transferee bodies
  • Admission of employees
  • Aggregation of LGPS membership
  • Contents of an admission agreement
  • Risk assessments, indemnities, bonds and guarantees
  • Notification requirements
  • Termination of an admission agreement
  • more

The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) is a statutory, public-service pension scheme for local government and related employees in England and Wales.

The provisions dealing with admission agreements are found in the Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations 2013, SI 2013/2356 (the LGPS Regs 2013).

For a template admission agreement, see Precedent: Admission Agreement.

For further information on the LGPS, see Practice Note: The Post-2014 Local Government Pension Scheme.

What employers can participate in the LGPS?

There are three main categories of employer that participate in the LGPS:

  1. scheme employers whose employees are automatically eligible for LGPS membership

  2. scheme employers who must designate their employees in order to be eligible for LGPS membership, and

  3. admission bodies who must enter into an admission agreement to participate in the LGPS

For more information on the first two categories of employers, see Practice Note: The Post-2014 Local Government Pension Scheme — Participating employers.

For information on admission bodies, see immediately below.

Admission bodies

The previous LGPS Regulations (SI 2008/239) referred to two different types of admission bodies:

  1. community admission bodies, and

  2. transferee admission bodies

The LGPS Regs 2013 now refer simply to ‘admission bodies’, although the LGPS Regs 2013 contain distinctions as between different categories of admission bodies that reflect the old style ‘community’ and ‘transferee’ distinctions.

Within the LGPS Regs 2013 (paragraphs 1(a)–(e) of Pt 3 of Sch 2),