The Local Government Pension Scheme – Employer

Employers’ Guides

This page is for all employers, academies and admitted bodies who participate in the Devon County Council and Somerset County Council Pension Funds.If there is something you would like included in the guidance or you have any further questions, please email the Employer & Communications Team.

The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) is a countrywide statutory scheme with each County Council administering and managing a fund for local authorities and certain public bodies. It’s a ‘Career Average Revalued Earnings’ (CARE) scheme, which means that benefits are based on a members salary for each year they are in the scheme, and each year it is revalued in line with Pensions Act increases. A career average scheme is still a defined benefit scheme so members are guaranteed a pension benefit on retirement.

If you are new to the LGPS, please refer to our  New Employer Guide to help you with your first steps and what you need to do to complete your registration.

There is also an Employer’s Guide to the LGPS which provides full guidance on the regulations and our procedures.

Other Guidance:

Annual Allowance

APP Quick Guide

Assumed Pensionable Pay (APP) Guidance

Automatic Enrolment


Employee Contribution Rates

Employer Discretions

Employers Guide to Ill Health Retirement

Employers Guide to the Internal Dispute Resolution Procedure (IDRP)

Employers Guide to Pensionable Pay

Employers Guide to Retirements

Forfeiture of pension rights after conviction for employment


Making Payments to the Devon Fund

Making Payments to the Somerset Fund

Member Retirement FAQ’s 

Purchase of Additional Benefits

Salary Sacrifice Guidance

TUPE’s of staff to a new Academy, Multi Academy Trust (MAT) or an new Admitted Body

When a Leaver form is required


Useful Documents & Links:

LGPS Arrangements for Academies

LGPS 2014 HR Guide

LGPS 2014 Payroll Guide

HR & Payroll FAQs

Devon Pension Fund Administration Strategy

Somerset Pension Fund Administration Strategy

Valuation and Investments