On the 1st October 2012, the government introduced ‘Automatic Enrolment’. Automatic Enrolment means that as an employer member of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), you must automatically enrol certain members of your workforce into the pension scheme. All employers need to act to comply with the law. These new duties on employers are to encourage more people to save for a longer retirement.
You will find essential guidance with The Pensions Regulator.
Automatic Enrolment Earnings Bandings
LGPC Bulletin 169 contains the earnings bandings for 2018/19 here. The earnings trigger for 2018/19 (£10,000) is the same as the earnings trigger for 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18.
Automatic Enrolment and Transitional Delay update
The LGA has released an update in the LGPC Bulletin 163 to confirm that the DWP agrees with the Pensions Regulators (TPR’s) guidance. In their view, where an eligible jobholder has been subject to transitional delay, the start date for active membership is the day after the end of the transitional delay. Please read Bulletin 163 for full details.
New Automatic Enrolment Brief Guide
A new version of the automatic brief guide (version 7.0) has been uploaded to www.lgpsregs.org . The new guide aims to supplement the information provided by the Pensions Regulator (TPR); it covers automatic enrolment from the perspective of the LGPS and TPS and contains signposts to the detailed guidance available on TPR’s website. The sample letters have also been updated and are now contained in a standalone document and are also available on www.lgpsregs.org.
Automatic Enrolment Thresholds for 2017/18
Every year, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) reviews the earnings thresholds for automatic enrolment. The changes take effect from the start of the next tax year following the changes on 6 April 2017.
You can find the earnings thresholds for the current tax year here broken down by pay frequency, plus the historic earnings thresholds starting from when the law was introduced in the 2012 – 2013 tax year.
Flowcharts and template letters
You can find useful flowcharts and template letters help you to notify your employees of the changes in The Local Government Pension Committee Guide. There is also an employees’ guide to the LGPS.
If you have any queries about auto enrolment, please contact Viv Ray, Pensions Project Manager, Peninsula Pensions firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01392 383000 and ask for ‘Viv Ray’.