A second round of statutory consultation has been launched on changes to the local government pension scheme.
The Department for Communities and Local Government published its initial draft regulations for the LGPS 2014, which comes into effect in April next year, in December 2012.
The document contained details of membership, contributions and benefits but excluded areas including transitional arrangements.
Discussions have continued between DCLG and employer and member representatives following the closure of the formal consultation period, in advance of a second consultation which was expected in February (PP Online, 14 February).
The latest consultation contains two strands with different closing dates.
Respondents have been invited to give views on an amended and expanded version of the December draft regulations by 3 May 2013.
Draft transitional provisions and savings regulations have also been published, alongside miscellaneous amendments to the existing Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations 2008.
DCLG said a further consultation period would be held in the coming months and is also welcoming comments on details that have yet to be agreed.
It said: "The Local Government Association and local government trades unions have been fully involved in the consideration and preparation of the draft 2013 Regulations and draft Transitional Provisions and Savings Regulations 2013.
"Although every effort has been made to make this second set of draft regulations as complete as possible, it has not been possible to reach an agreed position on every key policy issue."
The policy areas that are omitted from the latest consultation includes contributions in periods of reduced or unpaid absence; revaluation and inflation measures; link between normal pension age and state pension age; survivor pensions, councillors' access to the scheme and a range of governance and administration regulations.
DCLG said: "Further consultation exercises covering the remainder of the new scheme will follow shortly, including a separate consultation on councillor access."
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