Pensions Line - January 2019

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January 2019

2019 Employer PLOG's

Working Together

Have you booked your place?
We have some news on in-house developments which will change processes for all so it is important that you attend one of the meetings. If you haven’t already done so, please book your place via our website.

Proposed changes in LGPS Regulations

The LGPS Scheme Advisory Board has advised Administering Authorities and their employers begin preparations for proposed changes in regulations effective from 1st April 2019 which will include employee contribution reductions and a package of benefit improvements.

Some of the proposed changes are as follows:

• Removal of Tier 3 Ill Health

• Enhanced Early Retirement factors for all members who are active on 1st April 2019 to be applied to all service.

• Removal and changes to contribution bands:
a) A new 2.75% band at pay of £0 to £12,850
b) An expansion in size but reduction in rate for current Band 2 (5.8%) – £12,501 to £22,500 and be at a rate of 4.4%
c) An expansion of the top of current 6.8% band from £45,200 to £53,500

Our recommendation, without pre-empting regulatory changes, would be to avoid changing bands on 1st April until further clarification has been provided.

A short consultation is due in February and is expected to only be open for 3 weeks and we will of course notify you of the decisions. More details on the proposed changes will be provided at the Employer Meetings at the end of January.

Fair Deal Consulation

Please see the consultation on the proposed amendments to the Local Government Pension Scheme that are intended to implement the New Fair Deal Policy protecting the pensions position of local government workers who are compulsorily transferred as part of an outsourcing arrangement.

In addition the Local Government Association (LGA) are proposing mechanisms regarding the transfer of assets and liabilities when LGPS employers merge.

The Consultation can be found here and comments on the proposals are sought by the 4 April to

New Mailbox

The Employer & Communications Team now has its own mailbox so for any general queries regarding procedures, regulations and what to do when, you can either email us at: or call us direct – please see our Employers Home Page on the website for more details.


Employer & Communications  Team


Please keep us updated with:
• IDRP Stage 1 Appeals Officer – The person appointed in your organisation to determine the Stage 1 Internal Dispute Resolution Procedure appeals by completing the IDRP Stage 1 Appeals Officer Form

• Contacts – The names of your staff responsible for completion of our forms (authorised signatories) and who will be first point of contact for any queries, this is crucial to ensure we provide an efficient service to you. This can be done by completing the Employer Contact Details Form

Quick links

Peninsula Pensions Employers' Pages

Peninsula Pensions  Employers' Guide

Ill Health Retirement Guidance

Pensionable Pay Guidance

Assumed Pensionable Pay Guidance

IDRP Guidance

LGPS regulations and guidance


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