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Local Government Pension Scheme 2015

Drawing on the example of the discussions between the Local Government Association and the trade unions about the Local Government Pension Scheme in England and Wales, the then Minister of the Environment, Alex Attwood, asked the Local Government Pension Scheme Review Group to consider and advise him of their recommendations for scheme design, governance and a cost control mechanism to be introduced in Northern Ireland.  The reformed scheme will be introduced in April 2015.
Minister announces new date for reformed local government scheme.

The Local Government Pension Scheme Review Group (the Review Group)

The Review Group is made up of 4 employer representatives, from local government, housing, education and transport, and 4 trade union representatives, NIPSA, GMB, Unison and Unite.  The Review Group is chaired by a senior official from the Department of the Environment and advised by NILGOSC.

The Review Group decided to consider the future scheme design first.  It will then consider future governance and cost control arrangements.  The discussions about the pension scheme are conducted in accordance with agreed principles.  A copy of the principles can be viewed here:
New Scheme Design Principles (PDF 16kb).Adobe PDF Image

Departmental response to LGPS (NI) consultations (PDF 158 kb) Adobe PDF Image

Consultation on proposed Cost Control Arrangements and Draft Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015

Extension to Consultation (No.2) on Local Government Pension Scheme (NI) 2014

The Department has agreed an extension to its second consultation on the Local Government Pension Scheme (NI).  The consultation on the draft regulations will close on Friday 28 February 2014.

Latest Draft of Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 (PDF 823 kb) Adobe PDF Image
Latest Draft of Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment and Transitional) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 (PDF 175 kb) Adobe PDF Image

Consultation (No.2) on Local Government Pension Scheme (NI) 2014

On 12 December 2013 the Department launched its second consultation on the Local Government Pension Scheme (NI) 2014. The consultation document provides further detail on the scheme design (see Consultation (No.1)) and the scheme administration arrangements. The consultation also includes details of the transitional arrangements and protections that will apply to certain members with the move to the new Local Government Pension Scheme (NI) 2014. Copies of the draft statutory rules are also included. The consultation closes on 7 February 2014.

Consultation on Draft Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 and Draft Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment and Transitional Provisions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014. (PDF 1.68 MB) Adobe PDF Image

Local Government Pension Scheme - Consultation No. 2 responses

Consultation (No. 1) on the proposed Local Government Pension Scheme 2014

On 11 April 2013 the Department launched a consultation on the proposed scheme design for the Local Government Pension Scheme (Northern Ireland), from 1 April 2014, and the associated draft Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013.  The closing date for responses was 6 June 2013.

Copies of the consultation document can be viewed here Proposed Design Scheme (PDF 0.98 MB) Adobe PDF Image Consultation Response booklet (Word 29.9 kb) Word Document. Opens in a new window.

Local Government Pension Scheme 2014 - Consultation Responses

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