Leaving the LGPS

It is advisable to take independent financial advice before deciding to opt out.

You might want to first consider to elect to pay less contributions by moving to the 50/50 section of the scheme. 

If having considered the 50/50 option you still decide the LGPS is not for you, you can leave the LGPS at any time.

  • You have the right to opt out of the scheme and to do so you will need to complete the opt out form. 

  • You cannot complete the opt out form until you have started your employment.

  • If you opt out before completing 3 months membership you will be treated as never having been a member. Your employer will refund any contributions you have paid with your pay.

  • If you opt out with 3 or more months membership but before completing 2 years, you can take a refund of your net contributions. Alternatively you can transfer your pension to another scheme.

To opt-out of the scheme complete the form and give it to your employer - notice to opt out form / interactive opt-out form


The Government want people to belong to workplace pension schemes, so employers have to automatically enrol you back into the LGPS approximately every three years. If/when this happens you will be able to opt-out again.

More information is available on the Workplace pensions website.

Leaving the scheme when leaving your job

Depending on the length of time that you have been in the scheme various options are available: