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I’ve rejoined the LGPS but in a new pension fund elsewhere – can I link my previous membership with the membership in my new fund?

The rules about linking other LGPS membership changed on 1 April 2014. The new rules are complicated and depend on what previous membership you have. Some members need to elect if they want to link previous membership. Other members need to elect if they want to keep previous membership separate – otherwise the membership will be automatically linked.

An election must usually be made within the first 12 months of rejoining the scheme (or leaving a job that overlaps with your current job) – but your current employer can extend this time limit while ever you are still paying into the scheme in your current job.

Tell your new pension fund that you have previous membership with us and they’ll get in touch with us for all the details.

Your new pension fund should give you details of any linking options and tell you if your membership is automatically linked.


Can I link my previous LGPS membership to my current membership?

The rules about linking other LGPS membership changed on 1 April 2014. The new rules are complicated and depend on what previous membership you have. Some members need to elect if they want to link previous membership. Other members need to elect if they want to keep previous membership separate – otherwise the membership will be automatically linked.

An election must usually be made within the first 12 months of rejoining the scheme, or leaving a job that overlaps with your current job – but your current employer can extend this time limit while ever you are still paying into the scheme in your current job.

Membership will be automatically linked for members who haven’t built up enough membership to keep separate benefits.

Your employer will let us know if you have rejoined the scheme, or left a job that overlaps with your current job. We will then write to you about your linking options or let you know that your membership has been automatically linked.

If you’ve received a letter from us about linking options – it will direct you to read the Linking Membership Fact Sheets on our website, for the linking types that are available to you.

If you paid extra contributions in your old job, please also read the fact sheet - Paid extra contributions before

For more information click on the 'Linking Type' link in the table below to take you to the relevant Fact Sheet.

Linking Type Deferred Benefits
OLD
  • Based only on pre 01 April 2014 membership; and
  • Current membership started before 01 April 2014
OLD CONC
  • Based only on pre 01 April 2014 membership; and
  • Current membership started before 01 April 2014; and
  • Membership overlaps with a current job
A2
  • Based only on post 31 March 2014 membership
A2 CONC
  • Based only on post 31 March 2014 membership; and
  • Membership overlaps with a current job
B2
  • Based on pre & post 1 April 2014 membership; and
  • Current membership on 31 March 2014 & 1 April 2014; and
  • No break of more than 5 years in active membership of a Public Service Pension Scheme since leaving
B2 CONC
  • Based on pre & post 1 April 2014 membership; and
  • Current membership on 31 March 2014 & 1 April 2014; and
  • Membership overlaps with a current job
C2
Not available yet
  • Based on pre & post 1 April 2014 membership; and
  • Current membership on 31 March 2014 & 1 April 2014; and
  • Break of more than 5 years in active membership of a Public Service Pension Scheme since leaving
D2A
  • Based only on pre 1 April 2014 membership; and
  • No break of more than 5 years in active membership of a Public Service Pension Scheme since leaving
D2B
D3A
  • Based only on pre 1 April 2014 membership; and
  • Break of more than 5 years in active membership of a Public Service Pension Scheme since leaving
D3B