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Hampshire Pension Services

Administering the Local Government Pension Scheme, Police and Fire schemes

Transferring benefits into the Hampshire Pension Fund

If you have previous pension benefits, you may wish to transfer them into the Hampshire Pension Fund. Transfers must usually be made within the first 12 months of your Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) membership in your current employment.

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How do I transfer my previous LGPS Benefits?

If you return to employment with an employer participating in the LGPS and re-join the LGPS after having previously built up LGPS pension rights (i.e. you previously left an LGPS employment with deferred benefits) then these deferred benefits will automatically be transferred to the active pension account for your new job, unless you elect to keep them separate.

If you wish to keep your deferred pension benefits separate you must elect to do so within 12 months of re-joining the LGPS, unless your employer allows you longer.

If you rejoin the LGPS after having previously left an LGPS employment without building up pension rights but you deferred taking a refund of contributions then this deferred refund must be joined with your new active pension account in the scheme.

For more information on this and to tell us about your previous benefits and election, please refer to the Starter information and membership option form. This should be sent to your employer.


How do I transfer my external pension benefits?

You may be able to transfer pension rights into the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) from:

  • A previous LGPS fund
  • A previous employer's pension scheme (including an overseas occupational pension scheme)
  • A self-employed pension plan
  • A 'buy-out' policy
  • A personal pension plan
  • A stakeholder pension scheme

The LGPS regulations do not allow us to accept

  • Transfer of a pension in drawdown
  • Partial transfer of a pension
  • Transfers containing pension credits awarded under pension sharing orders.
  • Previous membership in the LGPS as a Councillor

How do I arrange a transfer?

The transfer of your benefits needs to be completed within 12 months of you joining the Hampshire Pension Fund.

The transfer process is described in detail in the Pension transfer booklet. Alternatively your employer can provide you with a copy when you join the LGPS.