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Councils urged to review ‘excessive’ pensions contributions

26/01/2024

Councils should review ‘excessive’ pensions contributions to help ease the sector’s financial pressures, new analysis has found.

Getting the most out of LGPS funds

27/11/2023

Isio partner and Public Services leader Steve Simkins reflects on the Autumn Statement announcement of a surprise Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) target.

Autumn Statement: Hunt announces surprise LGPS plan

22/11/2023

The Chancellor has announced a surprise target to ensure all Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds are invested in asset pools of £200bn or more.

Turning pensions into fossil fuel playthings

23/10/2023

Robert Noyes, Platform London, argues that if councils are serious about net zero, then local government pension funds must divest from fossil fuels.

Over £12bn of council pensions invested in fossil fuel

23/10/2023

Over £12bn of local government pensions are invested in the fossil fuel industry, environmental campaigners have revealed.

Local authority pension schemes invest £330m in renewables

13/10/2023

Six local authority pension schemes have agreed a multi-million-pound deal to invest in renewables projects in the southwest.

Council pension funds call for climate vote

03/10/2023

Local authority pension fund managers have urged FTSE companies to give shareholders more of a say on plans to reach net zero.

Pension consultants ramp up opposition to pooling reforms

27/09/2023

Council pension consultants have intensified opposition to Whitehall’s plan for a single model for pooled funds before a key Government consultation closes.

Plymouth reaches impasse with auditor

30/08/2023

Auditors could issue a qualified opinion on Plymouth City Council’s accounts after questioning its methods to pay off a multi-million pound pension deficit.

Sadiq Khan expands Pension Credit campaign

22/08/2023

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced the expansion of a scheme that has helped Londoners receive an additional £8.4m in unclaimed Pension Credit.

LGPS staff voice workforce concerns

28/07/2023

Nearly a quarter of local government pension scheme (LGPS) employees feel they do not have the right staff in place, a new survey has revealed.

'Flawed' climate change advice putting pension funds at risk

27/07/2023

Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds are being put at risk by ‘flawed’ advice on the financial impact of climate change, according to a new study.

Navigating the great LGPS investment reset

20/07/2023

Tom Pilcher, director in Redington's Investment Consulting team, looks at the Government’s ambitions for the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).

West Midlands Pension Fund announces first investment

14/07/2023

The West Midlands Pension Fund has invested in a private company for the first time through a £25m fund.

New Local Government Pension Scheme resources published

28/06/2023

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has published a guide for employers participating in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).

LGPS weathers turbulent year

27/06/2023

The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) achieved growth in a turbulent 2021-22, according to an annual report.

Gove to pursue council boycott ban

19/06/2023

Legislation aimed at preventing councils from launching their own boycotts has been introduced to Parliament.

Pension figures lobbying over active management

08/06/2023

Council pension figures are lobbying for active management in case the Treasury renews pressure on the scheme’s funds to use cheaper passive investment.

Consultation on £1.8bn LGPS change launched

01/06/2023

The Government has launched a consultation seeking views on changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).

Pension fund managers called to account on climate

22/05/2023

Local government pensions expert has demanded a meeting with fund managers amid concerns about how investment managers use proxy votes at shareholder meetings.

Shell hits back after council fund criticism

11/05/2023

British multinational oil and gas firm Shell has defended its plans after criticism by UK local authority pension funds.

Nearly £19bn of benefits go unclaimed

02/05/2023

The total amount of unclaimed income-related benefits and social tariffs is now £18.7bn a year, a new study has found.

Councils targeted in climate change ‘day of action’

24/03/2023

Councils, pension funds and financial institutions are being targeted in a ‘day of action’ to address fuel poverty, climate change and the energy crisis.

Pension changes could ease recruitment pressure

21/03/2023

Changes to the pension rules could ease the pressure on senior recruitment in local government, sector figures have suggested.

Council pension fund managers support social investments

15/03/2023

Most local government pension fund managers support investment that can achieve positive social benefits as well as financial returns, according to a survey.

Camden first to publish pension gender gap

07/03/2023

Female Camden LBC employees receive a quarter less from their pensions than male employees, according to first pension gender gap report by a council.

Local government pension schemes to increase health sector investments

01/03/2023

A survey of Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) fund professionals reveals that the majority would like to increase their investment in the health sector.

How institutional investors can boost the UK’s private rented sector

28/02/2023

Cedric Bucher, CEO, Hearthstone Investments, looks at the role of institutional investors, such as local authority pension funds, in delivering housing.

Two more LGPS investors back affordable housing fund

22/02/2023

Two LGPS investors have invested in the UK Affordable Housing Fund (AHF), which focuses on social and affordable rented housing.

Growth for pension pool despite Covid

13/02/2023

One of local government’s biggest joint pension partnerships has now pooled £47.5bn of the £60bn assets under its management.

Fresh pension pooling call

10/02/2023

A senior local government pensions figure has called for the sector to bring more assets into pools ahead of a long-awaited Whitehall consultation.

London CIV backs Shell legal battle

10/02/2023

A lawsuit against energy giant Shell’s directors has been backed by a key local government pensions organisation.

Public sector pension funds call for ‘Say on Climate’ vote

09/02/2023

Public sector pension funds have written to all FTSE listed companies requesting that they give shareholders a vote on plans for reducing emissions.

Local government pension payments could rise due to inflation

19/10/2022

Future pensioner payments into local government pension schemes could be higher than assumed due to most LGPS Fund liabilities being uncapped to inflation.

When private assets and responsible investing converge

31/08/2022

Tricia Ward argues private markets offer LGPS the ability to generate tangible, real-world impact.

LGPS funds 'optimistic' about funding levels post valuation

11/07/2022

Nearly half of Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds expect to be more than 100% funded at their next valuation, new research has revealed.

LGA Conference: Sector should consider offering four-day week

29/06/2022

Councils may have to consider offering a four-day week in order to attract the staff desperately needed by the sector, a workshop at the Local Government Association’s (LGA) annual conference has heard.

Council chiefs urge pensioners to apply for cost-of-living benefits

15/06/2022

Local authority leaders today called on pensioners who are eligible for Pension Credit to apply for the top-up welfare payment to help with the cost of living.

Local government pension schemes urged to work in ‘coherent way’

14/06/2022

The regulatory framework around local government pension schemes should work in a more ‘joined-up and coherent way’, new report says.

Local government pension schemes set to increase private investments

13/06/2022

Local government pension funds are set to invest more in private markets due to increased confidence in the levels of transparency, new research has revealed.

LGPS funds plan to increase local social investing

07/06/2022

Nearly nine out of ten (89%) Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds are planning to increase their allocation to local social investing in the next few years, a new survey has revealed.

Government urges councils to review contracts with Russian companies

29/03/2022

The Government has called on all public sector organisations, including local authorities, to urgently review contracts with Russian and Belarussian companies.

Gove urges pension funds to add to Russian pressure

14/03/2022

Levelling up secretary Michael Gove has urged local government pension scheme (LGPS) committee chairs to consider what more they can do to exert pressure on Russia.

Council pension funds look to disinvest in Russian assets

03/03/2022

Local government pension funds have taken action to move investments away from Russian assets following the invasion of Ukraine.

Council embroiled in legal battle with Apple over pension losses

16/02/2022

Norfolk CC has won first round of a legal battle with Apple who the council claims ‘misrepresented’ the state of its business leading to pension fund loses.

Council pension schemes urged to invest in local economies

02/02/2022

Local government pension funds will be targetted to pump billions of pounds into regional economies as part of the new levelling up White Paper.

Councils urged to stop using pension funds to invest in factory farming

20/01/2022

Environmental and animal rights campaigners have called on local authorities to divest money in their pension funds from factory farming.

Council votes to disinvest £40m from fossil fuels

19/11/2021

Luton Council’s full council meeting has passed a resolution calling for its pension fund to disinvest almost £40m from fossil fuel firms.

Councils urged to divest pension funds

03/11/2021

Campaigners are staging protests across the UK today, calling for councils to divest pension funds from fossil fuels.

Pension funds urged to help achieve green economy switch

19/10/2021

Parliamentarians have urged local government pension funds to play an active role in achieving a ‘just transition’ to a green economy.

Local government pension fund makes divestment threat

02/06/2021

Scotland’s largest local government pension fund will drop investments in fossil fuel firms that fail to act on the climate emergency.

Pension fund joins ‘national conversation’ on retirement planning

25/05/2021

West Midlands Pension Fund (WMPF) has become the first fund in the Local Government Pension Scheme to join an initiative that’s starting a ‘national conversation’ about retirement planning.

Local authority pension group’s fund secures £50m investment

28/04/2021

A fund set up by pension groups in London, including Local Pensions Partnership Investments, to invest in real estate has secured a £50m investment bringing its total capital to £150m.

Local government pension fund to become net zero investor

10/03/2021

The Avon Pension Fund has committed to becoming a net zero investor by 2050 or earlier.

Council pension funds invest nearly £10bn in fossil fuels

23/02/2021

Nearly £10bn of local government pension funds are still invested in fossil fuels, new research has uncovered.

Inquiry launched into role of local authority pension funds in fighting climate change

20/01/2021

A parliamentary group has launched an inquiry into how institutional investors such as local authority pension funds can help drive a ‘just transition’ to a net zero economy.

Council pension group raises concerns over Resolution Copper Project

06/01/2021

Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) has raised concerns following progress on the Resolution Copper Project in Arizona.

Local government pension fund achieves 'gold standard' for administration

08/12/2020

The West Midlands Pension Fund has become the first local government pension scheme in England and Wales to achieve accreditation from the Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA).

The new cap on Public Sector Exit Payments

03/12/2020

Charles Pallot outlines the new Restrictions on Public Sector Exit Payments for local authorities and the clash with LGPS strain payments.

Public sector exit cap signed into law

15/10/2020

The £95,000 cap on public sector exit payments was signed into law last night and will come into force on November 4.

Failure to deliver pension credit costing care system £4bn a year

14/09/2020

Failure to deliver pension credit to a million older people who are entitled to it is costing the health and social care system £4bn a year, report reveals.

Think tank proposes pension-style social care system

01/09/2020

A pension-style model is the most effective way of fixing the social care crisis, a new report from a think tank has argued.

Local authority pension fund invests £150m in rental housing

25/08/2020

An investment manager for local authority pension funds has invested £150m in private rental housing provider Get Living.

Pension ‘superfunds’ could aid post-Covid recovery, think tank says

15/06/2020

Pension ‘superfunds’ should be created to invest in infrastructure as part of Britain’s post-Covid recovery, a think tank has argued.

Government backs merger of two council pension funds

14/05/2020

The Government has given the go-ahead to merge two local government pension funds.

Legal & General commits £100m pension money for affordable housing

19/02/2020

Insurance giant Legal & General has provided £100m of long term debt financing to its affordable housing business.

Barnet Council to appoint new pension fund

12/02/2020

Barnet Council’s policy and resources committee are set to approve the appointment of the West Yorkshire Pension Fund to administer its pension scheme.

LGPS: Unlocking infrastructure

10/01/2020

Pension funds can play an important role backing useful projects such as railway infrastructure, water companies and green energy. Mark Whitehead met a man whose organisation invests local government pensions constructively.

Council makes 'significant' progress on its pension scheme

25/10/2019

A new report has found the London Borough of Barnet has made significant progress in the way it administers its pension fund since an improvement notice was issued in July.

Council pension scheme invests in green fund

11/10/2019

A council pension scheme has become one of the first to invest in a new ‘green’ fund which supports low carbon technology.

Launch of first pooled LGPS property fund

10/10/2019

A new fund that pools the property assets of three public sector pension schemes has been launched.

Council pension fund calls on housebuilders to improve transparency

04/09/2019

One of the biggest local government pension funds has called on housebuilding companies to improve the way they report environmental, social and governance issues.

IDS think tank calls for raise in pension age to 75

19/08/2019

The state pension age should be increased to 75 in order to boost the economy by £182bn, says a centre-right think tank which is close to the Government.

‘Rethink’ changes to local government pension scheme, Unison warns

09/08/2019

Plans to allow higher and further education employers to opt out of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) could cause serious cash flow problems for funds, a trade union has warned.

Hedging the currency risk

02/07/2019

Following the recent news that Croydon Council is considering hedging the currency risk in its pension fund, Jackie Bowie offers her view on optimal strategies to achieve the best outcome.

Union hits out over changes to LGPS for non-teaching staff

06/06/2019

A trade union has blasted government proposals to allow universities and colleges in England to opt out of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) for new non-teaching staff.

Council pension fund forum welcomes Ryanair's chair stepping down

05/02/2019

The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) has welcomed the announcement that the chair of Ryanair, David Bonderman, is stepping down from the role.

LGA faces financial headache

25/01/2019

Smith Square has acknowledged the financial challenges it faces as it freezes subscriptions while grappling with declining Government grants and a pension scheme deficit.

Outsourced council workers to have pensions protected

10/01/2019

Local government staff who have had their roles outsourced will receive increased pensions protections under new proposals published today.

‘Tweaking’ wealth taxes could raise £7bn a year, think tank says

03/01/2019

Reforming Britain’s wealth taxes could help the Government raise £7bn a year by 2022-23 to help cover the cost of public services, a think tank has argued.

Council pension funds at financial risk from climate change, report warns

09/11/2018

Local Government Pension Funds (LGPFs) are failing to protect themselves from the financial risk posed by climate change, a new report has warned today.

Council pension fund forum calls for Ryanair chair to step down

29/10/2018

An association of council pension funds has called for the replacement of Ryanair’s chair and has urged Michael O’Leary to set out his succession plans.

Council employee convicted of £1m pension fund fraud

16/10/2018

A former Westminster City Council employee has been convicted for defrauding the council pension fund of nearly £1m.

Local authority pension partners commits further £550m to infrastructure fund

09/10/2018

The local authority pension partners of GLIL Infrastructure LLP have doubled their pledge to the infrastructure fund, bringing the total they have invested to more than £1.8bn.

Labour warn of £2.7bn NHS cuts due to pension bungle

01/10/2018

The Government is planning to make £2.7bn of further cuts to the NHS before next election because of a bungle over pensions, according to the Labour Party.

Local government pension scheme makes 'significant progress'

28/09/2018

The scheme that pays the pensions of local government workers is in a strong financial position and has made 'significant progress', according to a review.

Glasgow council announces £20m pension fund investment

07/09/2018

Glasgow is aiming to attract high-tech American companies to the city with a £20m investment from the pension fund for council staff.

Council pension funds invest £9bn in fracking industry

03/09/2018

More than £9bn is being invested in the fracking indistry by council pension funds, new figures have revealed today.

Recruitment problems faced by half of council pensions funds

07/08/2018

Staff recruitment, retention and resourcing are the three greatest challenges facing Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds, according to new research.

£46bn pension fund appoints new chairman

29/03/2018

The Northern Pool, one of the country’s largest investment funds, has appointed a new chair after the last chairman unexpectedly died at Christmas.

‘Precarious’ work could put council pension investments at risk

19/03/2018

Investors should be wary of investing pension funds into companies that use precarious work practices, a new report has warned.

Local Pensions Partnership launches new £320m fund

07/03/2018

The Local Pensions Partnership (LPP) today launched its first fund dedicated to investing in fixed income as an asset class.

London council approves £150m low-carbon pension investment

26/01/2018

Southwark Council has agreed to move £150m of its pension fund into a low-carbon investment.

Government pledges to protect public services following collapse of Carillion

15/01/2018

One of the country’s biggest construction and facilities management companies, Carillion, has gone into liquidation after struggling for the last few months.

Council pension schemes purchase shares in Anglian Water

19/12/2017

Five council pension schemes have acquired, along with a separate company, a 15% share in Anglian Water (AWG).

Britain’s record on fighting poverty ‘at risk’

04/12/2017

Britain’s record on tackling poverty is 'at risk of unravelling', campaigners have warned.

Berkshire Pension Fund to pool assets with LPP

17/11/2017

The Berkshire Pension Fund has agreed to join Local Pensions Partnership (LPP) in order to pool assets and manage its liabilities.

Council pension funds benefit from climate change investment policy framework

13/11/2017

The first climate change investment policy framework has been launched for local government pension funds.

Councils investing £16bn of pensions into fossil fuels

09/11/2017

More than £16bn of council pension funds have been invested into fossil fuel companies, new research has revealed.

Council pension partnership launches £1.3bn Credit Fund

05/10/2017

A £1.3bn Credit Fund has been launched by Local Pensions Partnership (LPP) to offer investors cost-effective exposure to diverse sources of return.

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