When can I retire?

From 1 April 2014, the Normal Pension Age (NPA) for each member of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) will be equal to their State Pension Age, subject to a minimum age of 65. However:

  • If you have at least two years membership or have transferred pension rights into the LGPS, you can take early retirement from age 55, but your benefits may be reduced
  • If you are made redundant and are over the age of 55, you will be entitled to immediate payment of benefits
  • If you have at least two years' membership and are retired on the grounds of ill-health you could receive immediate ill-health pension benefits at any age
  • You could choose to work beyond NPA – your pension beyond this date would be enhanced in accordance with GAD guidance

Retirement guides