Frequently Asked Questions about LGPS pensions

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What options do I have when I draw my benefits?

An option to take a lump sum has to be made in writing before your benefits are paid. So that you have plenty of time to make up your mind and seek financial advice if you wish, it is important you contact us well in advance of your intended retirement date so we can provide you with more details.

Your pension will be reduced in accordance with any election you make to receive a lump sum. Any subsequent pension for your spouse, civil partner, eligible cohabiting partner or eligible children will not be affected if you decide to exchange part of your pension for a lump sum.

If you have a GMP, you may not reduce your pension to below the level of your GMP.

The Fund may be able to pay a small pension as a one off lump sum less a tax charge. Please contact our Benefits section on 0151 242 1391 for more information.

What if I am paying extra contributions?

What are the HM Revenue and Customs tax controls on my LGPS benefits?

There are HM Revenue and Customs controls on the pension savings you can have before you become subject to a tax charge when you draw them (over and above any tax due under the PAYE system on a pension in payment).

You can find out about HM Revenue and Customs controls on your pension savings in the section Tax controls and your LGPS benefits.

Also, under HM Revenue and Custom rules, if the LGPS makes an unauthorised payment there will be a tax charge or if you pay some or all of your LGPS lump sum back into a pension arrangement, there may be a tax charge.

How does my pension keep its value?

On retiring on or after age 55, your LGPS pension increases in line with the cost of living every year throughout your retirement.

As the cost of living increases, so will your pension. If you are retired on ill health grounds, your pension is increased each year regardless of your age.

How does it affect my State Retirement Pension?

In addition to your LGPS benefits, you may also qualify for a state retirement pension paid by the government from State Pension Age.

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