As of 1 October employers have new legal duties to help their workers save for retirement. Employers must automatically enrol certain workers into a qualifying workplace pension scheme and make contributions towards it.
The County Council is a member of both the Local Government and Teachers Pension scheme. Both of which meet the Governments test of an acceptable or qualifying scheme.
For most County Council employees there will be no change. If you are a
member of the scheme you will remain so and if you have opted out you
will be asked to confirm whether you want to join the scheme or not.
The legislation is being implemented over six years, starting with large employers. The scheme will be applied to the County Council from 1 November 2012 on a phased basis beginning with people starting work for the County Council for the first time.
Over the coming weeks we will be publishing more details on how we are going to apply auto enrolment. This will include writing to all existing employees whether or not you are currently an active member of the Local Government Pension Scheme to confirm your individual position.
More information about Workplace Pension Reform is available from DirectGov.