Employer Discretions

LGPS Employer Discretions Policy 

Scheme employers participating in the LGPS in England or Wales must formulate, publish and keep under review a statement of policy on all mandatory discretions (or where the discretion is non-mandatory, are recommended to) they may exercise in relation to members of the LGPS. 


  • The 2014 Scheme Regulations regulation 60 of the LGPS Regulations 2013 and paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 2 of the LGPS (Transitional Provisions, Savings and Amendment) Regulations 2014,  
  • The 2008 Scheme Regulations regulation 66 of the LGPS (Administration) Regulations, and 
  • LGPS Regulations 1997 regulation 106  

the Scheme employer must formulate, publish and keep under review a statement of their policy concerning all mandatory discretions under these regulations. A copy of the policy must be sent to the Dorset County Pension Fund.  

If the Scheme employer decides to amend the policy, they must send a copy to the Dorset County Pension Fund within one month of the date of the decision to amend the policy. In formulating and reviewing its policy a Scheme employer is required by the regulations to have regard to the extent to which the exercise of their discretionary powers could lead to a serious loss of confidence in the public service. A Scheme employer should always ensure that their discretionary policies are kept up to date. 

The Dorset County Pension Fund have produced some information to assist employers in creating their policy. This includes a template policy document which may be used if required. Further information and the template document can be found below.

Discretions Policy Guidance

LGPS Discretions List

Discretions Template

LGPS Employer Discretions Presentation

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