Your AVCs

Here's a reminder of how AVCs work, so you can decide if changing your AVC contribution is right for you.

  • An AVC plan is a separate pot of money you build up alongside your main LGPS, that aims to give you extra retirement benefits.
  • Contributions are taken directly from your pay before tax. This means you benefit from tax savings, as the money you'd normally pay as income tax, will go into your AVC pot instead. If you don’t pay income tax, you won’t benefit from tax savings. Tax savings will depend on your individual circumstances. Rules can also change.
  • The size of your AVC pot will depend on how much you pay in, how long you pay in for, the impact of costs, charges and how well the fund(s) you invest in perform.
  • To increase your contributions, you must be actively contributing to your main LGPS.

For more information, please read your Key Features Document in the 'Change your AVC contributions' section of this site.

You may need more money than you think when you retire as

  • your savings may not go as far in the future if inflation makes the price of goods and services go up
  • people are generally living longer and spending more time retired, so your savings will need to last you longer, and
  • your main LGPS benefits might not be enough to fund the kind of lifestyle you want in retirement.

If the worst happens and you pass away before you’re eligible to take your money, we’ll pay the value as a lump sum. This will normally be to your spouse, civil partner, dependants or your legal representative.

You should regularly review your AVC pot to check you're on track to achieve the lifestyle you want when you stop working.

Register for our online service, or login if you already have an account, to check the value of your AVC pot online. You can also check your AVC value in your Annual Benefit statement.

Remember, if you've changed your employer at any stage and had to start a new AVC pot, you may have more than one pot to review.

You can use your AVCs to buy life cover from Prudential. For more information, please read your Key Features Document or call us for a pack. You'll find our number and the Key Features Document in the 'Change your AVC contributions' section of this site.

Your LGPS has other options to increase your retirement benefits. Visit their website for more information.

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Tax savings

Adding to your AVC pot could be easier than you think.

Flexible contributions

Change your contributions to suit your needs and circumstances.

Changing your investment

Check your investment choice online and switch whenever you want to.

Flexible ways to take your money

You have a number of options for taking your money.

Trusted provider partnership

Prudential is an appointed AVC provider to 72 of 99 Administering Authorities within the LGPS.