Dorset County Pension Fund is part of the National Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).

From April 2019 the LGPS in Dorset is administered by Dorset Council, and prior to this by Dorset County Council.  The Dorset County Pension Fund covers over 200 employers and over 80,000 members.

The LGPS is a defined benefit scheme. This means that benefits are determined by the regulations and are not affected by investment performance or market conditions.

Members include people who work in Local Authorities, including Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, higher and further education establishments, schools and other public bodies and service providers. 

Membership is generally available to employees of participating employers who have contracts of employment of three months or more, are under the age of 75 and who are not eligible for membership of other statutory pension schemes.

Membership of the LGPS is therefore not open to teachers, police officers, firefighters, civil servants, etc., who have their own pension schemes.

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