Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations 1997

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
CitationSI 1997/1612

1997 No. 1612


The Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations 1997

Made 30th June 1997

Laid before Parliament 3rd July 1997

Coming into force 1st April 1998

The Secretary of State, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by sections 7 and 12 of the Superannuation Act 19721and of all other powers enabling him in that behalf, after consultation with such associations of local authorities as appeared to him to be concerned, the local authorities with whom consultation appeared to him to be desirable and such representatives of other persons likely to be affected by the Regulations as appeared to him to be appropriate, hereby makes the following Regulations:—




Citation and commencement
S-1 Citation and commencement

Citation and commencement

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations 1997 and shall come into force on 1st April 1998.

S-2 Interpretation


2.—(1) Schedule 1 contains definitions of expressions used in these Regulations which apply for their interpretation unless the context indicates that they have a different meaning.

(2) Unless that is so, references to members and membership generally refer to active members and active membership respectively.

Application to Isles of Scilly
S-3 Application to Isles of Scilly

Application to Isles of Scilly

3. These Regulations apply to the Isles of Scilly as if they were a district in the county of Cornwall and the council of the Isles of Scilly were a council of that district.






Eligibility for active membership

Eligibility for active membership

S-4 General eligibility for membership: employees of Scheme employers etc.

General eligibility for membership: employees of Scheme employers etc.

4.—(1) A person may only be an active member if this regulation, regulation 5 or Chapter I of Part V enables him to be one and he is not prevented by regulation 6.

(2) A person may be a member if he is employed by a Scheme employer.

(3) A Scheme employer is a body which is listed in Schedule 2 or is a resolution body.

(4) But a person who is employed by a resolution body may only be a member if he is covered by a relevant resolution.

(5) A relevant resolution is a statutory resolution by a resolution body stating that a specified employee or a class of employees to which he belongs may be a member.

(6) These are resolution bodies—


(a) the Board of Governors of the Museum of London;


(b) any other body which is a precepting authority, a levying body or a section 75 body;


(c) a passenger transport executive;


(d) a designated institution which immediately before designation was assisted or maintained by a local education authority;


(e) the governing body of a grant-maintained school or a grant-maintained special school (other than a school within Schedule 2);


(f) a company under the control of a body listed in that Schedule.

S-5 Agreements to enable employees of non-Scheme employers to be members(“admission agreements”)

Agreements to enable employees of non-Scheme employers to be members(“admission agreements”)

5.—(1) An administering authority may make an admission agreement with any admission body.

(2) An admission agreement is an agreement that all or any specified class of the admission body’s employees may be members.

(3) An admission agreement may provide that a period of employment by the admission body before the date of the agreement counts as membership of the Scheme (or does so for some purposes).

(4) An admission agreement must terminate if the admission body ceases to be such a body.

(5) An admission agreement may make such other provision about its termination as the parties consider appropriate.

(6) When an administering authority make an admission agreement, they must immediately inform the Secretary of State of the admission body’s name and the date the agreement takes effect.

(7) An administering authority and an admission body may make an admission agreement despite the fact that they do not exercise their functions in areas which overlap or adjoin each other.

(8) These are admission bodies—


(a) a body which provides a public service in the United Kingdom otherwise than for the purposes of gain;


(b) a body to the funds of which any local authority contribute;


(c) a body to which any grant is made out of money provided by Parliament;


(d) a body representative—

(i) of local authorities, or

(ii) of local authorities and officers of local authorities, or

(iii) of officers of local authorities,


(e) the Housing Corporation;


(f) Housing for Wales;


(g) the Commission for the New Towns.

(9) But the governors or managers of a voluntary school do not count as a body within paragraph (8)(a) to (c) and a body only falls within paragraph (8)(d)(iii) if it is formed for the purpose of consultation as to the common interests of local authorities and the discussion of matters relating to local government.

(10) These Regulations apply to employment with an admission body in which the employee is an active member in the same way as if the body were a Scheme employer.

S-6 Further restrictions on eligibility

Further restrictions on eligibility

6.—(1) If a person’s employment entitles him to belong to another statutory pension scheme, that employment does not entitle him to be a member, unless that other scheme was made under section 7 of the Superannuation Act 19722.

(2) A statutory pension scheme is an occupational pension scheme provided by or under an enactment (including a local Act).

(3) A person may not become a member after his 65th birthday unless—


(a) his total membership does not exceed his permitted maximum; and


(b) he is a permitted late member.

(4) The permitted maximum for a Class A member is 40 years.

(5) The permitted maximum for a Class B member or a Class C member is the sum of—


(a) his total membership before he attained 60 or, if less, 40 years, and


(b) his total membership since he attained 60,

or, if less, 45 years.

(6) A permitted late member is a person to whom—


(a) a pension which must be the subject of a policy formulated under regulation 109 (statements of policy concerning abatement of retirement pensions in new employment),


(b) an ill-health grant under regulation 27(3) or an ill-health retirement grant under regulation D8 of the 1995 regulations, regulation E4 of the 1986 regulations or regulation E20 of the 1974 regulations, or


(c) a short service grant under the Benefits regulations,

has become payable, or who is entitled to or has received relevant compensation.

(7) Relevant compensation is compensation which—


(a) is payable under any enactment for loss of employment or loss or reduction of employment benefits attributable to an enactment, and


(b) is liable to be reduced or suspended by reason of the person to whom it is payable entering employment with a Scheme employer, in the same way as it would have been if he had remained eligible to belong to the occupational pension scheme to which he belonged or was eligible to belong immediately before suffering the loss.

(8) If a person has been entitled to an ill-health pension calculated by reference to an enhanced membership period, that period is counted as part of his total membership for paragraphs (3) and (5).

(9) Part-time employment as a member of a fire brigade maintained in pursuance of the Fire Services Act 19473on terms under which the employee is or may be required to engage in fire fighting does not entitle the employee to be a member of the Scheme.

Joining and leaving the Scheme

Joining and leaving the Scheme

S-7 Joining the Scheme

Joining the Scheme

7.—(1) A person who wishes to become an active member must apply in writing to his employer or future employer.

(2) An eligible person who applies before he begins his employment becomes a member when his employment begins unless he applies to join later.

(3) An eligible employee who applies becomes a member on the first day of the first payment period following the application.

(4) A payment period is a period of service to which the employee’s wages or salary payment relate.

(5) An employee is deemed to have applied to become a member, unless he notified his employer in writing that he did not wish to do so—


(a) before his employment began, or


(b) if he only became eligible to be a member later, before the date he became eligible.

(6) But paragraph (5) does not apply—


(a) to employees of admission bodies,


(b) to casual employees, or


(c) to former members who opted to leave the Scheme by a notification under regulation 8.

(7) An application for membership may be withdrawn before membership begins.

(8) A former active member may reapply for such membership.

(9) But a person who has given more than one notification under regulation 8 may only reapply again if—


(a) his employer or future employer consents; or


(b) he is beginning a new employment with a new employing authority and he reapplies before he has been employed for three months.

S-8 Leaving the Scheme

Leaving the Scheme

8.—(1) A person may leave the Scheme if he wishes and stops being a member if he stops being eligible for membership.

(2) A person who wishes to leave the Scheme must notify his employer in writing.

(3) A member who gives such a notification stops being a member from the date the notification specifies.

(4) But, if a date earlier than the notification or no date is specified, he stops being a member at the end of the payment period during which the notification is given.

(5) Where notification is given by a person before he has been a member for three months, he must be treated as not having been a member in that period.



Periods of membership: “total membership”
S-9 Periods of membership:...

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