What counts towards membership in the Scheme before 1 April 2014?
Your benefits in the LGPS built up before 1 April 2014 are based on your membership built up in the Scheme before this date and your final pay when you leave the LGPS.
For membership built up before 1 April 2014 this normally includes:
How long you have been a member of the LGPS before 1 April 2014 worked out in years and days, but excluding pre-1 April 2014 membership for which you already receive an LGPS pension or hold an LGPS deferred pension, pre-1 April 2014 membership from any concurrent job you may have, and any LGPS membership in respect of which you have received a refund or have transferred the pension rights to another scheme.
Membership purchased by a transfer from another scheme where the relevant date for the transfer was before 1 April 2014.
Any extra membership you have bought with additional contributions or by converting in-house Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs) into membership.
Any extra membership awarded by your employer before 1 April 2014.
This could be different to your actual calendar length membership of the LGPS before 1 April 2014.
- If you worked part-time before 1 April 2014, your membership is reduced to its whole-time equivalent length to calculate the amount of your retirement benefits. For example, if you worked half-time for 10 years, your benefits would be calculated on 5 years membership.
- If your hours changed during your membership of the LGPS before 1 April 2014, your benefits will be calculated to reflect the changes.
- If you did not have any contractual hours, your membership for each year in the LGPS before 1 April 2014 will be calculated on average weekly hours working during each year.
- If you have transferred membership from the LGPS in Scotland or Northern Ireland, it may not count at its actual calendar length