If you have an employee who is in the LGPS and they become incapable of performing the duties of their current post due to ill health or infirmity, they may be eligible for a release of their pension benefits. Likewise, if you have an ex-employee who becomes incapable of performing the duties of a post they held with you while in the LGPS, they can also apply to you for release of their pension benefits on ill health grounds.

The decision following an application for ill health retirement rests with the employer, however, it is important that the employer follows the process correctly, to deal with applications efficiently and not to leave themselves liable for disputes arising from maladministration.

The 'employers guide to ill health retirement' attached to this page is designed to help safeguard the interests of the employee (or the ex-employee), and the employer. The document sets out the duties of the employer and will help you to avoid unnecessary delays and disputes.