Governance & Strategy
Maintaining appropriate governance policies is an important part of ensuring our stakeholders have access to information they need about their pension.
Strategic Policy Statement
LPFA Local Code of Corporate Governance
CIPFA Code of Practice on Public Sector Pensions Finance Knowledge and Skills Framework
CIPFA Code of Practice on Public Sector Pensions Finance Knowledge and Skills Framework. LPFA recognises the importance of ensuring that it has the necessary resources to discharge its pension administration responsibilities and that all staff and members charged with financial administration, governance and decision making with regard to the pension scheme are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills to discharge the duties and responsibilities allocated to them.
It therefore seeks to utilise individuals who are both capable and experienced and it will provide and/or arrange training for staff and members of the pensions decision making and governance bodies to enable them to acquire and maintain an appropriate level of expertise, knowledge and skills.
LPFA has fully adopted the principles of the CIPFA Knowledge and Skills framework. For staff this means that all pensions administration staff receive an in-house training course in the initial stages of their career which covers in detail the workings of the LGPS from an administration point of view. LPFA’s in-house pensions training is endorsed by EDI and covers both Level 2 and Level 3 in LGPS administration. This is supplemented by investment in LGPS specific systems which carry out day to day pensions administration. There are also externally provided training routes for support staff throughout the LPFA. All of the decision making members of the Finance or Investment Team are accredited by the respective professional and chartered bodies.
LPFA’s Board Members are asked to complete The Pension Regulator’s trustee toolkit as part of their induction process. As this is not specifically designed for the LGPS, a formal training plan is in place for each Board Member to emphasise the distinct nature of the LGPS. It contains a mixture of individual and collective training. For 2014-15 the training plan is outlined below. It has been established with reference to the key knowledge criteria outlined in the CIPFA Pensions Finance Knowledge and Skills Framework – Technical Guidance for Elected Representatives and Non-Executive Members in the Public Sector.
LGPS Governance Statement
The introduction of Local Pension Boards via the Public Service Pensions Act 2013 and through LGPS scheme regulations from 1 April 2015 marks a change in the governance of LGPS funds. This change to the Authority’s governance arrangements is reflected in the LPFA LGPS Governance Compliance Statement 2015.
Communications Policy Statement
Complaints & IDRP
The LPFA aims to satisfy any complaint that you may have and is interested in suggestions on how our service can be improved.
LPFA Pay Policies
This policy describes LPFA’s pay framework and its approach to determining pay. It also sets out the current structure and arrangements in place for dealing with the remuneration of its Chief Executive Officer.
The Constitutional Document (October 2016) defines the existence of the LPFA and regulates its structure and control.
Gifts, Hospitality and Expenses Framework
The Gifts, Hospitality and Expenses Framework sets out parameters for the acceptance of gifts and hospitality and the claiming of expenses by LPFA board members and LPFA staff.
Annex 1 Gifts, Hospitality and Expenses Framework - Guidance for LPFA Board Members
Annex 2 Gifts, Hospitality and Expenses Framework - Guidance for LPFA Staff