If you are buying extra years in the LGPS (Added Years)

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​​​​Columns of coinsYou will be credited with the extra years of membership that you have paid for and you will receive extra retirement benefits calculated on the same basis that you agreed to buy them.

This extra membership is worked out using your final pay when you leave and is included in your membership built up in the Scheme before April 2014.

For further information on how this is worked out see the section If you joined the LGPS before 1 April 2014.

If you retire on ill health grounds whilst paying for extra years, you will normally be credited with the whole extra period of membership that you set out to buy, even if you have not completed full payment for it.

If you retire early because of redundancy or business efficiency whilst paying for extra years, you will have the opportunity to pay the remaining contributions due in a lump sum in order to complete your contract.

If you draw your benefits on taking flexible retirement and you elected before 1 October 2006 to commence your added years contract you will be credited with the extra years of membership that you have paid for and this will increase the value of your benefits paid on flexible retirement.

If you elected on or after 1 October 2006 to commence your added years contract, you can, if you wish, choose to be credited with the extra years of membership that you have paid for at the point of flexible retirement and this will increase the value of your benefits paid.

If you choose to be credited with the extra years of membership on flexible retirement, your added years contract will cease (if you are still paying these extra contributions when you draw your benefits). If you do not choose to be credited with the extra years of membership on flexible retirement, your added years contract will continue

If your benefits when you draw them are reduced for early payment then your benefits from the added years are reduced in the same way. The reduction is applied based on the Normal Pension Age applicable to benefits built up before April 2014.

For further information on how this is worked out see the section If you joined the LGPS before 1 April 2014.