Agenda and minutes

Pensions Committee - Monday, 27th January, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: County Hall, Chichester

Contact: Adam Chisnall on 033 022 28314  Email:  adam.chisnall@westsussex.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

44.

Declarations of Interests

Members and officers are invited to make any declaration of personal or prejudicial interests that they may have in relation to items on the agenda and are reminded to make any declarations at any stage during the meeting if it becomes apparent that this may be required when a particular item or issue is considered.

 

It is recorded in the register of interests that:

·         Mr Donnelly is a Horsham District Councillor

·         Mr Elkins is a Member of the Littlehampton Harbour Board and Arun District Council

·         Mr Hunt is the Chairman of the Chichester Harbour Conservancy

·         Mr Jupp is a Member of Horsham District Council and has a daughter who works for Blackrock

·         Dr Walsh is a Member of the Littlehampton Harbour Board, Arun District Council and Littlehampton Town Council

 

These financial interests only need to be declared at the meeting if there is an agenda item to which they relate.

Minutes:

44.1   Mr Jupp stated that his son’s firm had bought private equity in the last six months.

45.

Part I Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 178 KB

The Panel is asked to agree the Part I minutes of the meeting of the Panel held on 25 October 2019 attached (cream paper).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

45.1   Resolved – That the Part I minutes of the Pensions Panel held on 25 October 2019 be approved as a correct record, and that they be signed by the Chairman.

46.

Motions Received from Employers pdf icon PDF 248 KB

The Panel to discuss motions that have been received from employers within the pension fund.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

46.1   The Panel discussed the Notice of Motions from Adur District and Worthing Borough Councils (copy appended to the signed minutes) asking the Pension Fund to divest its pension fund of any investment in fossil fuel stocks, equities and funds. It was also noted that similar motions had been passed by Arun District Council and was being considered by Chichester District Council.

 

46.2   Katharine Eberhart, Director of Finance and Support Services, stated that officers could provide a standard response that could include an update on investment strategy and update on holdings.  It was agreed this would be produced and circulated to the Panel for views.

 

46.3   The Chairman also asked that any correspondents in relation to such requests are logged centrally and that responses be produced centrally rather than Panel members responding individually.  This was agreed by the Panel.

 

46.4   It was also noted that an additional meeting on environmental, social and governance (ESG) was being scheduled.  The formality, venue and date for that meeting was still to be confirmed.  Prior to that meeting a questionnaire would be sent to the Panel.

47.

Pension Advisory Board Minutes - Part I

The Panel is asked to note the confirmed Part I minutes from the meeting of the Pension Advisory Board on 4 September 2019 and the agenda from the meeting of the Pension Advisory Board on 20 November 2019.

Minutes:

47.1   The Panel considered the confirmed Part I minutes from the 4 September 2019 Pension Advisory Board meeting; and the Agenda from the 20 November 2019 meeting (copies appended to the signed minutes).

 

47.2   The Panel made comments including those that follow.

 

·       In relation to 24.8 of the 4 September 2019 Pension Advisory Board minutes, Mrs Dennis asked if it was a regulatory requirement.  Rachel Wood agreed to look into this and circulate a response to the Panel.

 

47.3   Resolved – That the minutes and agenda be noted.

48.

Business Plan pdf icon PDF 140 KB

Report by the Director of Finance and Support Services.

 

The Panel is asked to note the updates to the Business Plan.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

48.1   The Panel considered a report by the Director of Finance and Support Services (copy appended to the signed minutes).

 

48.2   Katharine Eberhart introduced the report and explained that it provided an update on the Business Plan priorities in the third quarter. 

 

48.3   The Panel made comments including those that follow.

 

     Dr Walsh raised concern about the RAG rating of the poor quality data resulting in error and misstatement. Katharine Eberhart confirmed that the team had a detailed plan to approach this and have agreed a fee for Hampshire to undertake the work.  Andrew Lowe confirmed that clear plans and deadlines for this work were now in place.  An update would be provided at the next meeting when it was hoped that the RAG rating would have improved.

     It was noted that the Training Strategy was aligned with the Business Plan and was highlighted as Amber due to a number of new staff.

 

48.3   Resolved – that the Business Plan is noted.

49.

Pension Administration Performance pdf icon PDF 239 KB

Report by the Director of Finance and Support Services.

 

The Panel is asked to consider the recommendation within the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

49.1   The Panel considered a report by the Director of Finance and Support Services (copy appended to the signed minutes).

 

49.2   Katharine Eberhart introduced the report stating that all performance targets are working towards 100% with sustained improvements in most areas. 

 

49.3   Andrew Lowe drew the Panels attention to section 7 of the report detailing Pension Scams.  He assured the Panel that a set series of actions are followed if a member requests for their pension to be transferred.

 

49.4   The Panel made comments including those that follow.

 

     The Panel asked for confirmation as to whether Trading Standards or the Police are informed if a scam is suspected.  Andrew Lowe would check if this was included in the process and report back to the Panel.

 

49.5   Resolved – that the update on the Administration Performance is noted.

50.

Actuarial Valuation pdf icon PDF 129 KB

Report by the Director of Finance and Support Services.

 

The Panel is asked to:

 

(1)     agree the current version of the Funding Strategy Statement for publication by 31 March 2020, unless amended.

 

(2)     agree that any further amendments to the Funding Strategy Statement can be agreed by the Director of Finance and Support Services, in consultation with the Chairman to allow the Statement to be published by 31 March 2020.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

50.1   The Panel considered a report by the Director of Finance and Support Services (copy appended to the signed minutes).

 

50.2   Rachel Wood introduced the report explaining that the funding strategy statement was attached at appendix 1 showing the amendments as tracked changes.

 

50.3   The Panel made comments including those that follow.

 

     It was confirmed that the valuation cycle was still 3 years and therefore 2022 was the next scheduled review.

     The amended version once agreed would be circulated as a clean document.

 

50.4   Resolved – that

 

1) The Panel agree the current amended version of the Funding Strategy Statement for publication by 31 March 2020.

 

(2) The Panel agree that any further amendments to the Funding Strategy

Statement can be agreed by the Director of Finance and Support Services,

in consultation with the Chairman to allow the Statement to be published

by 31 March 2020.

51.

Treasury Management Strategy DOTX 51 KB

Report by the Director of Finance and Support Services.

 

The Panel is asked to:

 

(1)     approve the 2020/21 Treasury Management Strategy as set out in Appendix 1.

 

(2)     note the treasury activity undertaken during 2019/20 (1 April to 31 December 2019).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

51.1   The Panel considered a report by the Director of Finance and Support Services (copy appended to the signed minutes).

 

51.2   Rachel Wood introduced the report explaining that it provided a review of last year’s strategy as well as looking into the next financial year.  She stated that it reflected on the need to increase limits on short term money market funds. 

 

51.3   Rachel highlighted that in Appendix 1 of the report, page 112 section 5 it should have also included an Aviva fund as a money market fund.

 

51.4   Resolved – that the Panel:

 

(1) approve the 2020/21 Treasury Management Strategy as set out in Appendix 1.

 

(2) note the treasury activity undertaken during 2019/20 (1 April to 31 December 2019).

52.

Date of the next meeting

The next meeting of the Pensions Panel will be 10.00 a.m. 27 April 2020 at County Hall.

Minutes:

52.1   The Panel noted that its next scheduled meeting would take place on 27 April 2020 at County Hall, Chichester.

53.

Exclusion of Press and Public

The Board is asked to consider in respect of the following item(s) whether the public, including the press, should be excluded from the meeting on the grounds of exemption under Part I of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as indicated below, and because, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption of that information outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

Minutes:

Resolved - That under Section 100(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part I, of Schedule 12A, of the Act by virtue of the paragraph specified under the item and that, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption of that information outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

54.

Part II Minutes of the last meeting

To confirm the Part II minutes of the meeting of the Panel held on 25 October 2019, for members of the Panel only (yellow paper).

Minutes:

The Panel agreed the Part II minutes of the Pensions Panel held on 25 October 2019.

55.

Pension Advisory Board Minutes - Part II

The Panel is asked to note the confirmed Part II minutes from the meeting of the Pension Advisory Board on 4 September 2019 (yellow paper).

Minutes:

The Panel noted the contents of the Part II minutes from the 4 September 2019 Pension Advisory Board meeting.

56.

AVC Transfer

Report by the Director of Finance and Support Services attached for members of the Panel only (yellow paper).

 

The Panel is asked to consider the recommendations within the report.

Minutes:

The Panel considered a report by the Director of Finance and Support Services.

 

The Panel noted the update.

57.

ACCESS

Report by the Director of Finance and Support Services attached for members of the Panel only (yellow paper).

 

The Panel is asked to consider the recommendations within the report.

Minutes:

The Panel considered a report by the Director of Finance and Support Services.

 

The panel noted the update.

58.

Review of Pension Investment Performance

The following reports are for the Panel to review Pension performance over the last quarter.

Minutes:

The Panel considered a paper by the Director of Finance and Support Services.

 

The Panel received an update from Caroline Burton relating to the quarterly performance reports from the fund managers.

59.

Presentation by Baillie Gifford

The Panel to receive a presentation on portfolio performance.

Minutes:

The Panel received an update from Lynn Dewar and Paul Roberts from Baillie Gifford on the portfolio performance for the quarter.

 

 

 

60.

Presentation by Aberdeen Standard

The Panel to receive a presentation on portfolio performance.

 

Minutes:

The Panel received an update from Matthew Cunliffe, Jennifer Ball and Mark McKelvey from Aberdeen Standard on the portfolio performance for the quarter.

61.

Income Fund Options

Report by the Director of Finance and Support Services attached for members of the Panel only (yellow paper).

 

The Panel is asked to consider the recommendations within the report.

Minutes:

The Panel considered a report by the Director of Finance and Support Services.

 

The Panel noted the report.