Local government pensions

We represent employers' interests to central government and other bodies on local government pensions policy. We provide the secretariat service for the Local Government Pensions Committee (LGPC), a committee of councillors constituted by the:

  • Local Government Association (LGA)
  • Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA)
  • Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA).

The LGPC provides technical advice and has a suite of technical guides on:

  • the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • related compensation matters that it makes available to Pension Fund Administering Authorities and to employers.

We also:

  • provide general communication information
  • provide and maintain a central suite of guides and leaflets for employees and councillors on the LGPS that authorities administering the LGPS may download and personalise for their own use and the use of employers in their fund.

A full programme of pensions training is available for:

  • councillors
  • pensions practitioners
  • personnel officers
  • other employing authority staff with an interest in the LGPS.

Latest news

Pensions for councillors – Responses from councillors required – December 2014


A number of member councils have enquired if the LGA would consider creating an alternative pension provision for those councillors who no longer have access to the LGPS from 2017.  The options investigated are detailed below and the LGA would now wish to seek an indication of the demand should it progress with either option.

Please respond by email to Liam Robson, Pension Analyst on liam.robson@local.gov.uk by 30 January 2015, indicating your level of interest should the LGA proceed with options for alternative pension provision for councillors. In your response, please indicate your council and councillors you are responding on behalf of.

Read the Pensions for councillors ebulletin by Cllr David Spark

DCLG's consultations on Scheme Governance – August 2014


Read the LGA's response (PDF, 9 pages, 205KB)

Call for evidence on future structure of the LGPS – September 2013


Read the LGA's response (PDF, 3 pages, 304KB)

Do larger funds perform better (PDF, 16 pages, 1.3KB)

LGPS 2014 consultation


The LGA's response:

Draft SI (PDF, 111 pages 1.41MB)

DCLG discussion paper, new governance arrangements LGPS 2014 – June 2013


A discussion paper exploring the five specific sections of the Public Service Pensions Act 2013 which impacts on the governance arrangements of the new LGPS was published 20 June 2013 by DCLG. It invited comments to a number of questions posed. The responses to these questions will allow DCLG to start work on the drafting of regulations on governance for consultation later this year. The closing date for responses to the paper was 30 August 2013.
Read the LGA's response.

LGA/LGPC responds to consultation on draft  transitional regulations – 23 May 2013


Response includes:

Covering letter (PDF, 4 pages, 120KB)
Comments on the LGPS (Transitional Provisions and Savings) Regulations 2013 (PDF, 23 pages, 318KB) 
Comments on the LGPS (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2013 (PDF, 6 pages, 193KB)

LGPS regulations

For England and Wales from April 2014

Timeline regulations

For England and Wales up to April 2014
For Scotland up to March 2015

Training and events

All pension training and events.

Pensions publications

Circulars, bulletins, technical guides and minutes on the workforce library.

Shadow Scheme Advisory Board

Shadow Board for the LGPS in England and Wales.

LGPS 2014 employer and fund practitioner information 

Providing information for employer and fund practitioners on LGPS 2014.

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LGPS Members' Website

Information for the 4.6 million members of the Local Government Pension Scheme.

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LGPS 2014 Members' Website

Information for scheme members on the changes being introduced to the LGPS from 1 April 2014

LGPC Secretariat

Jeff Houston
Head of Pensions
020 7187 7346

Terry Edwards
Senior Pensions Adviser
01954 232834

Tim Hazlewood
Pensions Training and Development Manager
01455 824850

Mary Lambe
Pensions Adviser
020 7187 7374

Elaine English
LGPS Executive Officer
020 7187 7344 

Cornelius Hargrave
Pensions Adviser
020 7664 3176

Liam Robson
Pensions Analyst
020 7664 3328

Teachers' pensions

Comprehensive information covering teachers' pensions – on the Workforce section of the LGA website