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Town and parish councils and the LGPS

Town and parish councils are listed in the category of Schedule 2, part 2 of the Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations 2013: LGPS Regulations and Guidance.


Town and parish councils are able to use the LGPS as a pension scheme for their employees but they do not have to do so. Under the LGPS regulations they are known as designating employers which means they can choose whether or not to use the LGPS as a pension scheme for their staff and which roles or individuals will be allowed to join. 

Employees of a designating body can only join the LGPS if their employer nominates that member of staff or their role as eligible for membership of the scheme. There must be a majority agreement at a meeting of the council to elect to become an employer in the fund. The fund will require a copy of the minutes of the meeting including the name, class of employees or roles of employees designated to join.

The Derbyshire Pension Fund operates a pooling of town and parish councils for contribution rates and should you decide to pass a resolution to join, we will provide you with details of the rate payable. This pooled contribution rate is subject to a triennial valuation when the rate is reviewed and set for the following three years.

Please contact us as early as possible in the process of joining the fund, email: pensions@derbyshire.gov.uk