No, the changes only apply to "defined contribution" schemes. The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) is a "defined benefit" scheme and as such the flexibilities introduced do not impact how you can take your LGPS benefits. However LGPS members can transfer their pension benefits to a defined contribution scheme which offers flexible benefits.
If you want to transfer and the cash equivalent value of all your defined benefits is more than £30,000 then you are legally required to obtain appropriate independent financial advice from either an authorised independent advisor or an appointed representative. You must prove this advice has been sought before a transfer process can begin. If you have less than £30,000 you do not need to obtain advice however it is strongly recommended. You will need to contact us to get a cash equivalent value of your pension.
The LGPS is one of the best way to plan for retirement and has a range of benefits not available in other schemes: