Rejoining the LGPS

If you have a deferred pension, it will normally be joined to your new Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) pension unless you opt to keep them separate. You must make this decision within 12 months of starting your new job, unless your employer has a policy to allow longer. Your pensions will be joined together if you do not make a decision in time.

If you have frozen contributions that are less than five years old they will automatically be added to your new pension account, or if they are over five years old they will be refunded to you.

Making your decision

If you rejoin the Hampshire Pension Fund use the Starter information and membership option form to let us know your decision.

It has notes to help you decide what to do. It may be best for some people to join their pensions together, but better for others to request that they stay separate.

If you rejoin the LGPS with another pension fund, contact them to find out what they need you to do.

Five year final salary link

If you:

  • Have a deferred pension
  • Paid into the LGPS before April 2014 and
  • Left the LGPS after 1 April 2014 and
  • Re-join the LGPS in England or Wales, without a continuous break in active membership of a public sector pension scheme of more than 5 years

Then:

  • your deferred pension will be automatically aggregated with your new membership
  • and your membership before 1 April 2014 will continue to count as final salary membership and will be linked to your final pay in your new active membership

You may, during your first 12 months of your new membership, elect to keep your deferred pension separate. In this case, there will be no link to the final pay in the new membership.

If the break in membership from public service pension schemes is more than five years then any previous LGPS pension you transfer to your new LGPS account will not be linked to your final pay.

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