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Joining the LGPS

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The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) is offered by local government employers and by other organisations that have chosen to participate in it.


If you are a new employee who is eligible to join the LGPS you will automatically be entered into the scheme when you start, providing:

  • you are under the age of 75, or;

  • you work for an employer that allows you to join the scheme

If your contract is for less than three months you can opt to join by completing an Opt-In form (PDF) [106KB] (opens new window) .

Key information

  • Defined Benefit pension scheme

  • a secure pensionable income for life

  • made up of a set formula based on how long you have been a member

  • regulations are set by Parliament

  • guaranteed by law

Starting your new role

If you are eligible to join the LGPS through your employment, you will be automatically (contractually) enrolled into the LGPS as long as you have a contract of three months or more and you are under the age of 75. 

You will receive a new starter pack through the post after we have received your details from your employer. You will be given an activation key to set up your online My Wiltshire Pension portal and details of the scheme. 

Download our useful guides for new starters, that will also be enclosed in your new starter pack:

Benefit of the LGPS (PDF) [498KB] (opens new window)

LGPS Joiner Checklist (PDF) [255KB] (opens new window)

You have the right to opt-out of the LGPS, however, your employer is required to re-enrol you periodically at time intervals of no greater than every three years, due to rules concerning automatic enrolment (subject to you meeting the criteria related to contract length, earnings and age). If you automatically re-enrolled, you can opt-out again each time this happens.

If you later decide you wish to opt in, you can do this at any time (regardless of the auto enrolment criteria).

To opt in or out of the Scheme, you need to complete an Opting in or out of the scheme form and give this to your payroll provider.

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