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Pay Policy Statement

Last updated on: 09-Apr-2021

Policy Review

This policy will be reviewed and updated annually as per paragraphs 1.15 to 1.17 of this policy.

If you require further information regarding the salary policy of the council you should contact Laura Lowrey, HR Business Partner, laura.lowrey@medway.gov.uk.

Local Government Pension Scheme

Gravesham Borough Council will undertake a review of policies and make any appropriate changes on an annual basis or, if sooner, where there are material changes to circumstances or legislation.

Any amendments to these policies will be made available to the Pensions Section and to scheme members within one month of the change being effective.

Local Government Pension Scheme (Administration) Regulations 2007
Local Government Pension Scheme (Administration) Regulations 2007
Regulation 16(4)(ii) If a scheme member wishes to aggregate the most recent of their periods of previous scheme membership with their current membership it is Gravesham Borough Council’s policy that the election to do so must be made within twelve months of the Pension Section being notified that they have become an active member of the Kent Scheme. The Director, Communities may extend this time limit if the scheme member can demonstrate exceptional circumstances so as to justify this.
Regulation 22 (2) Scheme members who have the option to pay contributions in respect of a period of unpaid absence must elect to do so within thirty days of the date often notice issued to them. The Director, Communities may extend this time limit if the scheme member can demonstrate exceptional circumstances so as to justify this.
Regulation 25 (3) It is not Gravesham Borough Council’s policy to operate a shared AVC scheme for employees. The Director, Communities and the Director, Corporate Services will review this policy annually
Regulation 83 (8) If a scheme member wishes to transfer any pension benefits they have built up in other schemes to the Local Government Pension Scheme, it is Gravesham Borough Council’s policy that the election to do so must be made within twelve months of the Pension Section being notified that they have become an active member of the Kent Scheme. The Director, Communities may extend this time limit if the scheme member can demonstrate exceptional circumstances so as to justify this.
Local Government Pension Scheme (Benefits, Membership and Contributions) Regulations 2007
Local Government Pension Scheme (Benefits, Membership and Contributions) Regulations 2007
Regulation 11 (2) Where a scheme member’s pensionable pay consists of fees it is the policy of Gravesham Borough Council that, if this produced a higher figure, an average of all such fees for any three consecutive years ending 31 March within the period of ten years ending with the last date of active membership may be used for the calculation of benefits.
Regulation 12 It is not Gravesham Borough Council’s policy to grant additional pension scheme membership to scheme members under this regulation. Any exceptional cases that were of overall benefit to the authority would require the agreement of the Director, Communities.
Additional scheme membership will not be granted in respect of pre April 1972 service, which at the point of retirement has not yet been up-rated.
Regulation 13 It is not Gravesham Borough Council’s policy to grant additional pension to scheme members under this regulation. Any exceptional cases that were of overall benefit to the authority would require the agreement of the Director, Communities.
Regulation 18 (1) It is not the policy of Gravesham Borough Council to agree flexible retirement of a scheme member where there is a cost to the council unless consent has been given by the relevant Director and agreed by Senior Management Team as detailed in the council’s Flexible Retirement policy
Regulation 18 (3) If consent has been given under Regulation 18 (1) it is not Gravesham Borough Council’s policy to waive in whole or part, any actuarial reduction to the scheme member’s benefits.
Regulation 30 (2) It is not the policy of Gravesham Borough Council to give consent under this regulation to the immediate payment of benefits to a scheme member who voluntarily retires unless there is a demonstrable benefits to the organisation, which would take full account of any extra costs to be borne by the council. Any such consent shall be agreed by the Director, Communities and Director, Corporate Services.
Local Government Pension Scheme (Benefits, Membership and Contributions) Regulations 2007
Local Government Pension Scheme (Benefits, Membership and Contributions) Regulations 2007
Where a scheme member has previously been awarded a preserved/deferred benefit it is not generally the policy of Gravesham Borough Council to give consent under this regulation to the early payment of benefits. However, each request will be considered and full account taken of any costs to be borne by the council. Any consent will be agreed by the Director, Communities and the Director, Corporate Services.
Regulation 30 (5) Where a request has been made for early payment of benefits for compassionate reasons. Circumstances must be exceptional and would not reasonably be expected to prevail, for instance, the occurrence of a disaster, accident or long-term ill health (certified by Gravesham Borough Council’s appointed Occupational Health Adviser). Financial Hardship alone would not normally be deemed sufficient.
Payment may only be made3 after agreement by the Director, Communities in consultation with the relevant Director and Director, Corporate Services. Gravesham Borough Council will be responsible for any additional costs deriving from the decision release benefits prematurely in compassionate circumstances.

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