Agenda and draft minutes

Local Pension Board - Tuesday, 22nd September, 2020 4.00 pm

Venue: VIRTUAL MEETING

Contact: Luke Phimister - 01708 434619  Email: luke.phimister@onesource.co.uk

Items
No. Item

24.

CHAIR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Chair will announce details of the arrangements in case of fire or other events that might require the meeting room or building’s evacuation.

 

25.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

(if any) – receive.

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

26.

DISCLOSURE OF INTEREST

Members are invited to disclose any interest in any items on the agenda at this point of the meeting.

 

Members may still disclose any interest in an item at any time prior to the consideration of the matter.

 

Minutes:

There were no disclosures of interest.

27.

MINUTES OF THE MEETING pdf icon PDF 202 KB

To approve as correct the minutes of the meeting held on 1st October 2019 and authorise the Chair to sign them.

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting held on 1st October 2019 were agreed as a correct record and, due to COVID-19, will be signed by the Chairman at a later date.

28.

ACTION POINTS FROM THE PREVIOUS MEETING

The Board to review the action points from the last meeting including notes of training on Code of Transparency. Report to follow

Minutes:

The action points were addressed at later items in the agenda.

29.

TO RECEIVE FEEDBACK FROM RECENT MEETINGS OF THE PENSIONS COMMITTEE pdf icon PDF 223 KB

Minutes:

The Board were notified that the Pensions Committee had admitted Caterlink into the Pension Fund, had agreed a new investment strategy and had agreed a business plan which was backwards looking. The Board noted that the Pensions Committee had commissioned Hymans to evaluate risks due to COVID-19 and it was suggested that mitigations were already in place and there were no issues arising for the Pension Fund.

 

The Board requested that future Pensions Committee agendas are circulated to Board members.

30.

LPP QUARTERLY PERFORMANCE REPORT pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Reports attached

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report presented to the committee updated the Board on the LPP Quarterly performance.

 

The Board noted that the data given was LLP-wide rather than Havering specific. The Board noted that they only had the figures for cases completed and agreed that the visuals for elapsed time was helpful. The Board noted an increase in registrations, 107 in 1 month with another 109 new sign ups after 4 global news articles.  The Board noted that there had been a backlog of paperwork due to home working and 211 leavers still required information from the employers. Members of the Board discussed breaches and agreed that the Board should be made aware of any breaches and the outcomes of any breaches and complaints alongside the risk and compliance report.

 

Action point: Caroline Berry to include employer performance document alongside the next quarterly performance report.

31.

RISKS REGISTER pdf icon PDF 354 KB

Report attached

Minutes:

The risk register was presented to the Board and members noted there had been 2 new risks identified since October 2019.

 

The risk presented to the Board was ‘Risk of failure to perform in line with growth expectations’ with the first objective being Climate risk. It was noted that the Pensions Committee would have a duty to consider climate risk when making investments and was therefore added to the risk register. The second objective presented to the Board was for financial downturn risks due to COVID-19. Members noted that investment levels, cash flows and employer contributions could be affected.

 

 The Board agreed for the risks to be added to the register.

 

32.

COMPLIANCE CHECKLIST pdf icon PDF 193 KB

Attached.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Officers talked the Board through the compliance checklist and members noted that some evidence of training needs updating and longer serving members will need to revisit the Pension regulator toolkit as it had been updated since their completion.

 

The Board agreed for the checklist to be updated and put in priority order for the next meeting.

 

33.

TPR REVIEW ACTION PLAN pdf icon PDF 406 KB

Attached.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report presented to the Board followed a Pensions regulator review in summer 2019 of the Council’s processes, producers and governance in place.

 

The Board noted that although the review was positive, there were still areas of improvement. Members notes the draft data improvement plan and, following comments from the Board, would be presented to Pensions Committee for noting. The Board noted the data improvement plan had to be in place to meet the Pensions Regulator recommendations..

 

Action Point: Comments back from members by 31st October 2020.

 

34.

COMMUNICATIONS CAMPAIGN pdf icon PDF 393 KB

Reports attached

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Board noted that Pensions does not have a high enough profile to communicate effectively to staff. It was agreed to work with LPP to help boost Pensions communications.

35.

POSITION OF CHAIR

Discussion on the possible move to a permanent chairman

Minutes:

The Board agreed to continue to rotate the chairmanship until Andrew Frater has chaired a meeting, with a review following that meeting. Mark Holder will be the Chair for the next meeting.

36.

LOCAL PENSIONS BOARD ANNUAL REPORT

The Board is to discuss an annual report to go to Pensions Committee

Minutes:

The Board noted that the report would be presented to the Pensions Committee at the November 2020 meeting.

37.

SUGGESTED FUTURES MEETING DATES

To be discussed by Board.

Minutes:

The Board noted that no draft dates had been set and asked the clerk to circulate these after the meeting.

 

Action Point: Luke Phimister to circulate draft meeting dates.