Agenda and minutes

Pensions Board - Tuesday, 23rd February, 2016 7.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 3 - Hammersmith Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Ibrahim Ibrahim  (Tel: 020 8753 2075)

No. Item


Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 201 KB

(a) To approve as an accurate record and the Chair to sign the minutes of the meeting held on 30 July 2015.


(b) To note the action tracker.


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THAT, the minutes of the meeting held on 30 July 2015 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.


Pensions Sub-Committee Minutes of the previous meeting - OPEN pdf icon PDF 249 KB

The Committee to note the minutes (open) from the Pensions-Sub Committee on 25 November 2015.




THAT, the open minutes of the Pensions Sub-Committee meeting held on 25 November 2015 were noted.


Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Richard Gregg and Orin Miller.


Declarations of interest

If a Committee member has any prejudicial or personal interest in a particular item they should declare the existence and nature of the interest at the commencement of the consideration of that item or as soon as it becomes apparent.


At meetings where members of the public are allowed to be in attendance and speak, any Councillor with a prejudicial interest may also make representations, give evidence or answer questions about the matter. The Councillor must then withdraw immediately from the meeting before the matter is discussed and any vote taken unless a dispensation has been obtained from the Standards Committee.


Where Members of the public are not allowed to be in attendance, then the Councillor with a prejudicial interest should withdraw from the meeting whilst the matter is under consideration unless the disability has been removed by the Standards Committee.



There were no declarations of interest.


Review of risk register pdf icon PDF 106 KB

Members are asked to review the report and discuss the Board’s role in the monitoring of risks for future meetings.

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Nicola Webb presented the pension fund risk register and advised that the register is updated by officers every quarter and reported to the Pensions Sub-Committee, who consider it at their meetings. Nicola Webb drew Members attention to page 14; appendix 1 of the report, which set out the changes to the risk register since November 2015. It was reported that 2 new risks had been identified, 1 risk had been removed from the risk register and a risk relating to operational administration had increased to a ‘high’ risk.


Members were informed that the next triennial valuation will take place as at 31 March 2016 and that results would be expected by September 2016. Members commented that Barnett Waddingham’s contribution rate methodology was different to the methodology that the Government’s actuary recommends. It was felt that it would be useful for the Board to meet with the actuary at a forthcoming meeting of the Pensions Board in conjunction with Members of the Pensions Sub-Committee. In addition, Members requested a list of employers currently contributing to the Hammersmith and Fulham Pension Fund.


ACTION: David Coates and Nicola Webb


David Coates drew Members attention to risk number 24 on page 25, appendix 1 of report and commented that the quality of scheme member data inherited from Capita did not meet the comprehensiveness and level of accuracy required for Surrey County Council (SCC) to correctly administer the LGPS to scheme members.


David Coates reported that the SCC had been running the service from 1 September 2015 under a delegation agreement. Officers felt that SCC were providing a better quality of service than Capita as SCC provide a helpdesk that was run by dedicated professionals. In addition, SCC offer an employer’s forum meeting to remind employers of their responsibilities regarding starters/leavers and changes to contractual arrangements. In response to Members, David Coates confirmed that the SCC/LBHF pensions website would be operating from March 2016 to provide a better level of service to scheme members.


It was reported that deficiencies in data had been identified and officers were working closely with SCC and Capita to resolve  the issues. The following issues were reported to Members:

1)    BT Managed Services were not passing information on starters or leavers to SCC. This was being mitigated by all leaver information being channelled by Client Team.

2)    Deferred members (spouse payment figures). Capita did not hold this information and officers had requested that SCC calculate the data, ready for 1 April 2016

3)    Deferred members (left Council employment). Pensionable data was missing. This data was held by Capita but was transferred to SCC in the data conversion files.

4)    Deferred members (payments due). SCC identified 226 potential cases dating back to 2011 where deferred pensioners have not been paid. This was being investigated and Members would be provided with an update once the full extent of the problem was known.


ACTION: David Coates


David Coates commented that 2 temporary staff had been employed  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16.


Knowledge and skills review pdf icon PDF 105 KB

That the Board discuss the format and timing of future training sessions, in addition to feedback on the training to date.


Nicola Webb presented the report that set out future training sessions. Members agreed that a session on pensions accounting and auditing standards would be delivered by officers and that financial services procurement, investment performance and risk management, and financial markets and products knowledge would be delivered by fund managers.


In reply to Members, Nicola Webb agreed to circulate the slides from previous training sessions to all Members of the Pensions Board.


ACTION: Nicola Webb




THAT, the report be noted.


Pensions Sub-Committee Minutes of the previous meeting - EXEMPT

The Committee to note the minutes (exempt) from the Pensions-Sub Committee on 25 November 2015.





THAT, the exempt minutes of the Pensions Sub-Committee meeting held on 25 November 2015 were noted.