Information about the ill health retirement process and acquiring medical certificates.
If a member has to leave work due to illness then they may be able to receive immediate payment of their benefits.
To qualify for ill health benefits the member must have met the 2 years vesting period in the scheme and as the employer, based on an opinion from an independent occupational health physician appointed by yourself (the employer), must be satisfied that the member will be permanently unable to do their own job until the Normal Pension Age (NPA) and that they are not immediately capable of undertaking gainful employment.
Ill health benefits can be paid at any age and are not reduced on account of early payment, in fact, the members benefits could be increased to make up for their early retirement. It has graded levels of benefit based on how likely the member is to be capable of gainful employment after they leave.
The three tiers for Ill Health are detailed below:
The below link details further information regarding Ill Health Retirements from page 25 onwards.
If you require any further information on this process, then please call the retirements team on (01482) 394113.
Regulation 35 of the Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations 2013 requires an employer to obtain a medical certificate from an approved independent registered medical practitioner qualified in occupational health medicine (IRMP) before deciding whether a LGPS member meets the requirements to receive their pension benefits on ill health grounds.
The Secretary of State has issued ill health statutory guidance which IRMPs must have regard to when completing the medical certificate and employers must have regard to when deciding whether a LGPS member meets the ill health criteria. The IRMP must have been approved by the East Riding Pension Fund before completing the medical certificate.
All decisions regarding ill health benefits need a certification by a IRMP, including those who have already left local government and are asking for early release of their pension. The LGPS regulations require this.
Useful Q&As which IRMPs may find helpful can be found below on Page 9.