Information for members of the LGPS and those with police, firefighter, teacher and NHS pensions
Last updated:
21 February 2017

What if I am absent without pay?

Types of absences and how they affect your LGPS contributions.

Sick leave

If you are on unpaid sick leave you will not pay contributions, but your pension will continue to build up as if you were paying full contributions in the main section of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).

If you were paying into the 50/50 section prior to your absence, you will be moved back into the main section on the first pay period after you run out of sick pay.

If you pay additional contributions to purchase additional pension, these will normally be classed as paid in full. However, additional voluntary contributions (AVCs) will cease until you return to work.

Child-related leave

If you are absent due to maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave, the treatment of your pension depends on whether you are in a period of ordinary leave or additional leave.

If you are on unpaid ordinary child-related leave you will not pay contributions, but your pension will continue to build up as if you were paying full contributions in the main section of the LGPS.

If you were paying into the 50/50 section prior to your absence, you will be moved back into the main scheme on the first pay period after you run out of sick pay.

If you are on unpaid additional child-related leave, your contributions will cease and you will not be credited with any pension during the absence. When you return to work, your employer, upon your request, will let you know the amount of lost pension during the absence and you will be able to buy back the pension through additional pension contributions (APCs).

If you wish to do this, you should go to the APC calculator on the national LGPS website.

If you make an election to buy back the lost pension within 30 days of returning to work, your employer will pay two thirdsĀ of the cost of buying back the pension. Your employer may extend the 30-day limit subject to their written policy on discretions.

Ordinary maternity, paternity and shared parental leave is weeks 1 to 26. Ordinary paternity leave is weeks one to two.

Reserve forces leave

If you are absent due to reserve forces leave, your employer will liaise with the Ministry of Defence to deduct and pay over the relevant contributions whilst you are being paid by them, ensuring you do not lose out. Contact your employer if you are expecting to be called up for reserve forces duty.

Authorised absences (including jury service)

If you are on authorised absence, your contributions will cease and you will not be credited with any pension during the absence. When you return to work, your employer, upon your request, will let you know the amount of lost pension during the absence and you will be able to buy back the pension through APCs.

If you wish to do this, you should go to the APC calculator on the national LGPS website.

If you make an election to buy back the lost pension within 30 days of returning to work, your employer will pay two thirdsĀ of the cost of buying back the pension. Your employer may extend the 30-day limit subject to their written policy on discretions.

Strike absences

If you are on strike, your contributions will cease and you will not be credited with any pension during the absence. When you return to work, your employer, upon your request, will let you know the amount of lost pension during the absence and you will be able to buy back the pension through APCs.

If you wish to do this, you should go to the APC calculator on the national LGPS website.

 

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