Baton pass

An organisation becomes an admission body :

  1. as a result of securing a contract to provide a service or function from an employer which participates in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) and involves the transfer via TUPE of LGPS eligible staff.
  2. where they provide a public service and have sufficient links to a current LGPS employer to be regarded as having a 'community of interest'.

In both cases, their admission is subject to:

  • employing staff eligible for the LGPS
  • applying for admission body status
  • a report being commissioned from our fund actuary
  • an admission agreement being signed by the contractor, the original employer and the administering authority of the pension fund

In this section you’ll find information for employers outsourcing a service or function to an external provider and also those who are taking on an outsourced service or function. It includes details on:

  • how an employer becomes an admission body to maintain LGPS membership for eligible transferring employees, (including the steps to take for outsourcing employers and their successful contractor)
  • protecting employees’ pension rights
  • risk sharing arrangements between the outsourcing employer and their new contractor, and
  • what happens when a contract comes to an end

There’s also our initial admission body enquiry form for the outsourcing employer or the new contractor to notify us about arrangements.


New admission bodies have to meet all of the external costs incurred by us in processing the admission. They must also be prepared for a higher employer contribution rate than that paid by the letting authority, and that they may be required to provide a bond.