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If you have been paying contributions for 12 months or more you will be credited with the full amount of membership you would have purchased had you carried on making contributions until your Normal Pension Age (NPA).

If you worked part time, the additional membership purchased will be worked out based on the number of pensionable hours actually worked.

If payment has been made for less than 12 months, the added years contributions will be returned.

This applies to both Tier 1 and Tier 2 Ill health retirements, as well as members taking their benefits as a one off lump sum due to serious ill health.

More information on Ill Health Retirement can be found on our website.