When can I take my benefits?
Pension Age is linked to your State Pension Age (with a minimum
of age 65). Your Normal Pension Age is the age from which you can
retire and receive your pension in full.
You can check your Normal Pension age by looking up your current
State Pension Age at www.gov.uk/calculate-state-pension.
You can also take your benefits
after your normal pension age.
It is also possible to take your deferred benefits at any age on
the grounds of ill health. But this must be approved by
your former employer, and you will not be awarded any
However, before determining whether to agree to a request your
old employer must obtain a certificate from an independent
registered medical practitioner qualified in occupational health
medicine as to whether in his opinion you are permanently incapable
of discharging efficiently the duties of your relevant employment
because of ill-health or infirmity of mind or body and, if so,
whether that condition is likely to prevent you from obtaining
gainful employment (whether in local government or otherwise)
before reaching your normal retirement age, or for at least three
years, whichever is the sooner.
If you think payment of deferred benefits on the grounds of ill
health could apply to you please contact your former