Number of employees eligible for LGPS

Request 

I am currently conducting research into workplace pension schemes.

Could you please supply me with the following information?

The number of employees eligible for membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme who meet the criteria for automatic enrolment.

The number of employees eligible for membership of LGPS who are currently opted out

I would like the data broken down by the following core variables if available

  1. Gender,
  2. Pension status -  enrolled or opted out
  3. Pay grade - either exact pay grade or banded pay grade
  4. Age - either exact age or banded to 5 or 10 year groups
  5. Contract status - open ended, fixed term, other (please let me know what other is)

I prefer the data in Excel format.  I attach an example of the preferred format.

Additional information that you can provide would be welcome. Suggested variables include job function, years in post.

For the avoidance of any doubt, I wish to ascertain your workplace pension opt out rates.

If you have recently conducted the triennial automatic re-enrolment, I would like the data from prior to the re-enrolment. 

Please indicate the month that the data was collected and your next re-enrolment date.

Many thanks for your help

Response

Dear Dr..,

I write further to your request for information dated 14 March 2019.  This request has been handled by the University in accordance with its duties and obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ("FOIA"). 

You requested details of:

The number of employees eligible for membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme who meet the criteria for automatic enrolment.

The number of employees eligible for membership of LGPS who are currently opted out

The university's response is here FOIA response 32/1392.

Please note we have 494 substantive members in the LGPS and everyone is 'entitled' to join the scheme and are eligible if they meet the threshold for auto enrolment. Your request as to the number who are currently opted out is refused under s.12 FOIA. This data is difficult to generate as each month casuals/non contractual can be postponed if their earnings are fluctuating. Potentially this group of people can be classed as opted-out for three months but will go back in the scheme if they meet the threshold again after the three months. 

If you are not satisfied with the handling of your request, you may request an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter by writing to:

Chris Ince
University Secretary
London Metropolitan University
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Email: c.ince@londonmet.ac.uk
 
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