Ill Health Retirement

If you have at least three months total membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) and the Fund’s approved Independent Registered Medical Practitioner certifies that you have become permanently unable (until your 65th birthday) to perform your duties of office efficiently because of ill health or infirmity of mind or body, you will receive immediate payment of your pension and lump sum.  

Your ill health benefits are calculated the same way as shown on the  ‘Calculating your Benefits’ page, however, the total membership used in the calculation will be increased if you have been a member of the LGPS for at least 5 years. The amount by which it will be increased is shown in the table below.

Total Membership

 Enhancement Awarded

 Less than 5 years

 Actual Membership Only

 5 to 10 years     

 Membership Doubled

 10 to 13 years 122 days

 Membership increased to 20 years

 13 years 123 days or more

 Membership increased by 6 years 243 days


Please Note 

  • Your increased membership, must not exceed the total membership you would have built up had you continued in office until age 65.
  • Your pension benefits will not be increased if you have previously been awarded an ill health pension under the Scheme.
  • If you have less than 3 months total membership you will receive a refund of your contributions.