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Pension re-enrolment duties for local councils

A reminder that all parish and town councils have "re-enrolment" duties which must be carried out three years after the council's automatic enrolment staging date. The council's duties will vary depending on whether or not the council has staff to re-enrol. The council's duties include re- enrolling any opted out employees into a qualifying scheme every three years from the opt-out date.

Re-enrolment and re-declaration is a legal duty and if the council does not act it could be fined.

There are certain steps the council will need to carry out to meet its re-enrolment duties:

  1. Choose a re-enrolment date from within a six-month window. You can find out your council's re-enrolement dates here.
  2. Work out which staff need to be re-enrolled and, if required, put them back into the council's pension scheme. The council may also need to increase the contributions for any staff who are paying below the minimum contribution levels.
  3. Write to staff to tell them what is happening.
  4. Complete a re-declaration of compliance to tell The Pensions Regulator how the council has met its re-enrolment duties and whether anyone was returned to the scheme.

Further details can be found on The Pensions Regulator Website and paragraph 17 of NALC's legal Topic Note 79.

Posted: Wed, 13 Mar 2019 10:24 by Frances Webster

Tags: Pensions