Agenda and minutes

Pension Committee
Monday, 27th February, 2017 10.00 am

Venue: Committee Room, County Hall, Lewes. View directions

Contact: Harvey Winder  Democratic Services Officer

Items
No. Item

45.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 77 KB

Minutes:

45.1     The Committee RESOLVED to agree the minutes of the meeting held on 30 November 2016 as a correct record.

46.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

46.1     Apologies for absence were received from Cllr Michael Wincott (Substitute: Cllr Godfrey Daniel).

47.

Disclosure of Interests

Disclosures by all Members present of personal interests in matters on the agenda, the nature of any interest and whether the Members regard the interest as prejudicial under the terms of the Code of Conduct.

 

Minutes:

47.1     Councillor Godfrey Daniel declared a personal interest as a scheme member of three East Sussex Pension Funds.

48.

Urgent items

Notification of items which the Chair considers to be urgent and proposes to take at the appropriate part of the agenda.

 

Minutes:

48.1     There were no urgent items.

49.

Pension Board Minutes pdf icon PDF 171 KB

Minutes:

49.1     The Committee considered the draft minutes of the Pension Board meeting held on 9 February 2017.

49.2     The Committee RESOLVED to note the draft minutes.

50.

Fund Performance - Schroder pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Minutes:

50.1     The Committee received a presentation from the fund manager Schroder on their fund performance.

51.

Quarterly Performance Report - Hymans Robertson pdf icon PDF 661 KB

Minutes:

51.1     The Committee considered a report by Hymans Robertson on the performance of fund managers during the fourth quarter of 2016.

52.

External Audit Plan for East Sussex Pension Fund 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 126 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

52.1     The Committee considered a report by the Interim Chief Finance Officer on the External Audit Plan for the East Sussex Pension Fund (ESPF) during 2016/17.

52.2     The Committee RESOLVED to approve the External Audit Plan for the ESPF for 2016/17.

53.

Investment Strategy Statement (ISS) pdf icon PDF 140 KB

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Minutes:

53.1     The Committee considered a report by the Interim Chief Finance Officer on the Investment Strategy Statement.

53.2     The Committee RESOLVED to agree the Investment Strategy Statement subject to the insertion under the asset risk section of the sentence “The Fund believes that climate change poses material risks to the Fund but that it also presents positive investment opportunities.”

54.

Funding Strategy Statement (FSS) pdf icon PDF 216 KB

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Minutes:

54.1     The Committee considered a report by the Interim Chief Finance Officer on the Funding Strategy Statement.

54.2     The Committee RESOLVED to agree the Funding Strategy Statement.

55.

Asset Pooling - Passive Procurement pdf icon PDF 217 KB

Minutes:

55.1     The Committee considered a report by the Interim Chief Finance Officer on the procurement of passive assets within ACCESS.

55.2     The Committee RESOLVED to note the report.

56.

Pension Administration Cost Analysis pdf icon PDF 334 KB

Minutes:

56.1     The Committee considered a report by the Interim Chief Finance Officer providing an analysis of the cost of pension administration.

56.2     The Committee RESOLVED to:

1) note the report; and

2) request a report for the 17 July 2017 Committee meeting providing a briefing on the current position of the contract for pension administration system including market intelligence on alternative potential systems.

 

57.

Officers' Report - Business Operations pdf icon PDF 148 KB

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Minutes:

57.1     The Committee considered a report by the Chief Operating Officer.

57.2     The Committee RESOLVED to

1) note the report;

2) request a report at the 17 July 2017 Committee meeting on GMP including the tendering process for stage 2 of the GMP reconciliation.

58.

Pension Fund Budget for 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 201 KB

Minutes:

58.1     The Committee considered a report by the Interim Chief Finance Officer on the Pension Fund Budget for 2017/18.

58.2     The Committee RESOLVED to agree the Pension Fund Budget for 2017/18.

59.

Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 122 KB

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Minutes:

59.1     The Committee RESOLVED to note the Forward Plan.

60.

Exclusion of the public and press

To consider excluding the public and press from the meeting for the remaining agenda item on the grounds that if the public and press were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as specified in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), namely information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

Minutes:

60.1    The Committee RESOLVED to exclude the public and press from the meeting for the remaining agenda item on the grounds that if the public and press were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as specified in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), namely information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

61.

Governance: LGPS Investment Pooling - Inter Authority Agreement

Minutes:

61.1     The Committee considered a report by the Interim Chief Finance Officer on ACCESS pooling developments including the Inter Authority Agreement.

61.2     The Committee RESOLVED to:

1) recommend that the County Council resolves:

1. That authority is delegated to the Assistant Chief Executive, in consultation with the Chair of the Pension Committee to agree the approach to pooling that East Sussex County Council will take, based upon the Government’s responses to the two options put forward by the ACCESS Pool and the views of the local authorities that make up the ACCESS Pool.

2. If the Assistant Chief Executive, in consultation with the Chair of the Pension Committee agrees to adopt pooling based on the use of a CIV Operator, then authority is delegated to the Assistant Chief Executive, in consultation with the Chair of the Pension Committee to finalise and agree the terms of an IAA to implement this model, and the Council resolves to establish and delegate the functions to the joint committee as specified in Appendix 2 with effect from the date of execution of the IAA; or

3. If the Assistant Chief Executive, in consultation with the Chair of the Pension Committee agrees to adopt pooling based on Collaborative Joint Procurement, then authority is delegated to the Assistant Chief Executive, in consultation with the Chair of the Pension Committee to finalise and agree the terms of an IAA to implement this model and the Council resolves to establish and delegate the functions to the joint committee as specified in Appendix 3 with effect from the date of execution of the IAA.

4. That authority is delegated to the Monitoring Officer to make consequential amendments to the County Council’s Constitution to reflect the agreed approach to pooling and the creation of the Joint Governance Committee. Any amendments to the Constitution will be reported to a future meeting of the County Council.

2) nominate Councillor Richard Stogdon as the Council’s representative on the Joint Governance Committee for the period to when the County Council appoints to Committees following the County Council Elections in May 2017.