Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has launched a third consultation into draft regulations for next year's local authority pension reforms.
The Local Government Pension Scheme 2014 consultation lays out further detail of the arrangements for scheme changes that will come into effect from 1 April 2014.
A discussion paper into proposed new governance arrangements, as introduced by the Public Service Pensions Act 2013, has also been published for response.
Respondents will have a six-week period to respond to the latest regulations, which follow consultations in December 2012 and March 2013 (PP Online, 3 April).
Updated draft regulations for membership, contributions and benefits of LGPS 2014 are included in the consultation, alongside details on scheme administration and questions relating to regulations that need further consideration.
However, details of how Fair Deal may be applied to the scheme are yet to be confirmed.
The document stated that responses from DCLG's second LGPS 2014 consultation and that "in some cases, the representations made have been taken on board".
It continued: "However, in view of the significant and wide-ranging amendments proposed by the Local Government Association/Trade Unions Project Team and Board since the second consultation was launched in March, a significant number of those earlier comments are no longer relevant.
"Our intention therefore, is to consider both sets of representations at the end of this current exercise and decide their relevance."
DCLG said HM Treasury would be consulting on Fair Deal "shortly", which will be followed by "a broader consultation covering the legal options for securing pensions protection for scheme members".
It added: "Until a new legal mechanism for pensions protection is in place, the current Pensions Direction made under the Local Government Act 2003 will remain in force.
The government will also consider whether employers should meet scheme deficits at the point scheme members are transferred from an organisation."
The paper also highlights the consultation into councillors' pensions (PP Online, 16 April) which closes on 5 July.
The regulations consultation will close on 2 August, while responses to the governance discussion paper will be accepted up to 30 August.
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