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Opting out of the pension scheme
If you are thinking of opting out, you might want to first consider an alternative option, which is to elect to move to the 50/50 section of the scheme. The 50/50 section allows you to pay half your normal contributions in return for half your normal pension build up, whilst retaining full life and ill health cover. More information about the 50/50 section of the scheme can be found on the national members' website.
How to opt out
If having considered the 50/50 option, you still wish to opt out, you can leave the LGPS at any time on or after your first day of eligible employment by completing an opt-out form.
Your completed form should be returned the Pensions Shared Service at the address shown on the form. Alternatively, you can email a scanned version of your completed form to email@example.com, providing that you include the phrase 'I confirm that I personally submitted this election to opt-out of a work-place pension scheme' in the main body of your email. Please also include 'Opt-Out' in the subject header.
You might, however, want to take independent financial advice before making the final decision to opt out.
If you opt out, you should be aware that your employer is required by law to re-enrol you back into the LGPS in certain circumstances.
If you opt-out, you can, provided you are still eligible to join the scheme, opt back into the scheme at any time before age 75.