Under the Pensions Act 2008, every employer in the UK must put certain staff into a pension scheme and contribute towards it. This is called ‘automatic enrolment’.
Each employer within the Fund will have their own ‘staging date’, i.e. the date by which they have to comply with the legislation, and your employer may choose to postpone their auto enrolment duties for 3 months (from their staging date), if they do, they will write to you and tell you about it.
The Local Government Pension Scheme meets the criteria for auto enrolment and has received approval as a qualifying scheme.
Employers who do not offer an appropriate qualifying pension scheme are able to use the Government’s National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) or make their own arrangements with a pension provider who offer a suitable qualifying scheme.