Scottish Borders Council

Agenda and draft minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Minute pdf icon PDF 374 KB

Minute of Meeting held on 30 November 2018 to be noted and signed by the Chairman. (Copy attached).

Minutes:

There had been circulated copies of the Minute of the Meeting of 30 November 2018.

 

DECISION

NOTED for signature by the Chairman.

 

2.

Pension Fund Investment and Performance Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 63 KB

To note the Minute of the Pension Fund Investment and Performance Sub-Committee held on 25 February 2019. (To follow)

Minutes:

There had been circulated copies of the Minute of the Pension Fund Investment and Performance Sub-Committee dated 25 February 2019.

 

DECISION

NOTED the Minute.

 

3.

Risk Register Update pdf icon PDF 131 KB

Consider report by Chief Financial Officer. (Copy attached).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

There had been circulated copies of a report by the Chief Financial Officer which formed part of the risk review requirements.  The report provided Members of the Pension Fund Committee and Pension Board with an update on the progress of the actions taken by management to mitigate these risks, a review of any new risks and highlighted

changes to risks contained in the risk register.    Identifying and managing risk was a corner stone of effective management and was required under the Council’s Risk Management Policy and process guide and CIPFA’s guidance “Delivering Governance in Local Government Framework 2007”. It was further reflected and enhanced in the “Local

Government Pension Scheme” published by CIPFA.   A full risk review was undertaken on 1 May 2018 and the revised risk register was approved by the Joint Pension Fund Committee and Pension Board on 14 June 2018 with an update of the actions undertaken on 30 November 2018.   With reference to Risk 2.2 – ‘Employer’, shown in Appendix 1 to the report, Mrs Robb highlighted that the transition from Barnett Waddington to Hymans Robertson had been completed. In response to a question regarding the amber status of Risk 6.5 – ‘Regulatory & Compliance’, it was noted that the Pension Fund had no control over this risk and that the current likelihood was assessed as a ‘4’. The consultation process on changes to the LGPS structure was also still ongoing.

 

DECISION

(a)        NOTED:-

            (i)         The management actions contained in Appendix 1 to the report; and

 

            (ii)        No new quantifiable risks have been identified since the

                        last review.

 

(b)       AGREED to a full review being undertaken in June 2019.

 

4.

Budget Monitoring & Setting pdf icon PDF 129 KB

Consider report by Chief Financial Officer. (Copy attached).

Minutes:

With reference to paragraph 7 of the Minute of 30 November 2018, there had been circulated copies of a report providing the Pension Fund Committee and Pension Board with an updated position of the Pension Fund budget to 31 December 2018 including proposed budget for 2019/20. The Local Government Pension Scheme (Scotland) Regulation 2014 required Administering Authorities to ensure strong governance arrangements and set out the standards they were to be measured against.  To ensure the Fund met the standards a budget was approved on 14 June 2018 following the standard presentation recommended by the CIPFA accounting guidelines. The report was the third quarterly monitoring report of the approved budget. The total expenditure to 31 December 2018 was £0.82m with a projected total expenditure of £6.409m against a budget of £6.401. The projected overspend was a result of the Data Quality check required by the Pension Regulator. A budget of £6.402m was proposed for 2019/20 reflecting the revised asset allocation approved in September 2018 and the £69k for implementation of the members’ Self Service portal.  Mrs Robb explained that managers’ fees had not been included in the expenditure to 31 December 2018.

 

DECISION

(a)        NOTED the actual expenditure to 31 December 2018.

 

(b)       AGREED the proposed budget for 2019/20.

 

5.

Information Update pdf icon PDF 115 KB

Consider briefing paper by Chief Financial Officer. (Copy attached).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

With reference to paragraph 10 of the Minute of 30 November 2018, there had been circulated a briefing paper by the Pension and Investment Manager and HR Shared

Services Team Leader providing members with an update on a number of areas which

were being monitored and where work was progressing. Full reports on individual areas

would be tabled as decisions and actions were required. In summary:

 

5.2       Guarantee Minimum Pension (GMP) Reconciliation

Stage 2 of the GMP reconciliation was progressing, with only 6% of fund members still to be reconciled.

 

5.3       Pension Regulator Scheme Return – Data Scoring

The Rectification Plan would be presented to the June meeting of the Pension Fund Committee and Pension Board.

 

5.4       Scheme Advisory Board

The Scheme Advisory Board had met on 12 February 2018; the minutes had been circulated with the agenda.

 

5.5       Training Opportunities

The next training event was scheduled for 3 September 2019; any items for the agenda should be emailed to Mrs Robb.  Baillie Gifford ‘s seminar would be held from 9-10 October 2019.  There would be six places available.  In response to a question, Mrs Robb advised that Pension Fund Committee and Pension Board members were required to attend two training session per year. 

 

DECISION

NOTED the information update.

 

MEMBER

Councillor Mountford joined the meeting following consideration of the above report.

 

 

6.

Local Government in Scotland - Financial Overview 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Consider report by the Accounts Commission which provides an outline of the overall financial health of local government.  Supplements include ‘Local Government Pension Scheme 2017/18’. (Copy attached).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

There had been circulated copies of a report by the Accounts Commission providing an outline of the overall financial health of local government and the significant challenges for local government finance that lay ahead. The report included a local government financial overview together with a review of the Local Government Pension Scheme in Scotland.  Supplement 2 to the report contained a financial overview of the Scottish Local Government Pension Scheme (SLGPS).  Mr Robertson highlighted from the report: the Scottish Borders Pension Fund had the highest funding level at 114%; membership was increasing, returns over the one, three and five year period had been above the benchmark and, the contribution rate was one of the lowest at 18%.

 

            DECISION

            NOTED the report by the Accounts Commission on the Financial Overview of Local government in Scotland 2017/18, and the Financial Overview of the Scottish Local Government Pension Scheme 2017/18.

 

7.

Items Likely To Be Taken In Private

Before proceeding with the private business, the following motion should be approved:-

 

“That und Section 50A(4) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 8 of Part 1 of Schedule 7A to the aforementioned Act.”

Minutes:

AGREED under Section 50A(4) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 to exclude the public from the meeting during consideration of the business contained in the following items on the ground that they involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 6 and 8 of the part 1 of Schedule 7A to the Act.

 

 

 

SUMMARY OF PRIVATE BUSINESS

 

 

 

8.

Minute

Private Section of Minute of Meeting held on 30 November 2018 to be noted and signed by the Chairman. (Copy attached).

Minutes:

The Committee noted the Private Minute of the meeting of 30 November 2018.

9.

Pension Fund Investment and Performance Sub-Committee

To note the private minute of the Pension Fund Investment and Performance Sub-Committee held on 25 February 2019. (To follow).

Minutes:

The Committee noted and agreed the Private Minute of the Pension Fund Investment Performance Sub-Committee of 25 February 2019.

10.

Quarter Performance Update

Consider report by KPMG. (Copy attached).

Minutes:

The Committee noted a private report by KPMG.

 

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