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Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

28.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Received from Vaughan West, GMB representative, and Councillor Andy Hull.

29.

Declaration of substitutes

Minutes:

None.

30.

Declaration of interests

If you have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest* in an item of business:

         if it is not yet on the council’s register, you must declare both the existence and details of it at the start of the meeting or when it becomes apparent;

         you may choose to declare a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest that is already in the register in the interests of openness and transparency. 

In both the above cases, you must leave the room without participating in discussion of the item.

 

If you have a personal interest in an item of business and you intend to speak or vote on the item you must declare both the existence and details of it at the start of the meeting or when it becomes apparent but you may participate in the discussion and vote on the item.

 

*(a)      Employment, etc - Any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for profit or gain.

(b)        Sponsorship - Any payment or other financial benefit in respect of your expenses in carrying out duties as a member, or of your election; including from a trade union.

(c)        Contracts - Any current contract for goods, services or works, between you or your partner (or a body in which one of you has a beneficial interest) and the council.

(d)        Land - Any beneficial interest in land which is within the council’s area.

(e)        Licences- Any licence to occupy land in the council’s area for a month or longer.

(f)        Corporate tenancies - Any tenancy between the council and a body in which you or your partner have a beneficial interest.

 (g) Securities - Any beneficial interest in securities of a body which has a place of business or land in the council’s area, if the total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body or of any one class of its issued share capital. 

 

This applies to all members present at the meeting.

 

Minutes:

None.

31.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 203 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on 16 September 2014.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

That the minutes of the meeting held on 16 September 2014 be confirmed as a correct record and the Chair be authorised to sign them.

32.

Pensions administration performance from 1 August to 31 October 2014 pdf icon PDF 110 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

(a) That the performance against key performance indicators for the period from

1 August to 31 October 2014, including statistics regarding the internal dispute resolution procedure, complaints and compliments, as detailed in the report of the Corporate Director of Finance and Resources, be noted.

(b) That the trend in active membership since August 2008, illustrated in Appendix 1 of the report, be also noted.

33.

Pension Fund performance from July to September 2014 pdf icon PDF 405 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members expressed concern at the proposal to commit further funds of £50k to the set up costs of the London Common Investment Vehicle (CIV) at this stage, in the absence of a clear business case to prove the benefits to the Council, including reduced fees.

 

It was noted that the Joint Board of the CIV was due to meet in December 2014 and that Councillor O’Sullivan would attend as the Council’s representative. Officers were asked to ensure that he was supplied with a briefing before that meeting. 

 

There would be an update to the next meeting of the Sub-Committee.

 

RESOLVED:

(a) That the performance of the Fund from 1 July to 30 September 2014, detailed in the report of the Corporate Director of Finance and Resources, be noted.

(b) That the quarterly WM Company report on the overall performance, updated market value and asset allocation of the Fund, as at 30 September 2014, detailed in Annex A to the report, be noted.

(c) That the report by AllenbridgeEPIC Investment Advisers on fund managers’ quarterly performance, detailed in Appendix 2 to the report and their presentation, be noted.

(d) That recommendation 2.4 in the report (vizTo consider the update from the London CIV working party and the projected budget, Appendix D, and agree to continue to support their work by committing a further £50, 000.00 to be paid in 2 lots of £25,000”) be not approved.

(e) That it be noted that Councillor O’Sullivan was to attend the Joint Board of the CIV in December 2014, following a briefing to be supplied by officers, and that there would be an update to the next meeting of the Sub-Committee.

 

34.

(a) Quarterly WM Company performance report

35.

(b) Presentation from AllenbridgeEPIC Investment Advisers on quarterly performance

36.

Strategy review update - implementation pdf icon PDF 118 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

That Mercer’s proposals for the future investment strategy implementation and governance structure for the Fund, detailed in the exempt appendix at agenda item E2, be approved and that officers implement the timetable detailed on page 83 of the exempt appendix.

 

37.

Statement of Investment Principles - update pdf icon PDF 132 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

That, subject to an amendment being made to the final line of paragraph 30 of the Statement of Investment Principles by the insertion of the word “wage” after “living”:

 

(a) The revised Statement of Principles attached at Appendix 1 of the report of the Corporate Director of Finance and Resources, incorporating amendments to the paragraphs on “Exercise of Shareholder Rights (including Voting Rights) and Social, Environmental or Ethical Considerations”, be approved.

(b) That it be noted that leading Counsel’s view was that the amended Statement of Investment Principles represented a lawful approach, subject to practicalities.

(c) That the final Statement of Investment Principles be revised to incorporate the revised asset allocation for the Fund (see minute 36 above)

(d) That officers be authorised to make final revisions to the Statement of Investment Principles and to publish it on the Council’s website

38.

DCLG statutory consultation on scheme governance pdf icon PDF 189 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

(a) That the requirement to set up a local Pensions Board by 1 April 2015, which must include at least two employee and two employer representatives, and detailed in the report of the Corporate Director of Finance and Resources, be noted.

(b) That the Audit Committee be requested to establish a Local Pensions Board (including its terms of reference and membership) which will have responsibility for :

(i) assisting the administering authority in securing compliance with the LGPS

regulations and any requirements imposed by the Pensions Regulator  and in

ensuring effective and efficient governance and administration of the scheme;

(ii)  risk management: and

(iii) scrutiny of decisions taken by the Pensions Sub-Committee, as a separate

body from the Pensions Sub-Committee and with a separate Chair by 1 April

2015.

 

(c) That recognised Trade Unions, pensioner members and employers of the pensions scheme be consulted on the proposed Local Pensions Board and be invited  to nominate persons for appointment as board members.

(d) That the Corporate Director of Finance and Resources, in consultation with the Assistant Chief Executive-Governance and HR,  and the Chair, consider how best to implement the regulatory requirements, updating the Sub-Committee and the Audit Committee at their next meetings.

 

 

 

39.

Pension Fund Forward Plan 2014/15 pdf icon PDF 181 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

(a) That the following amendments be made to the Forward Plan of business for meetings of the Sub-Committee for 2014/15, detailed in Appendix A to the report of the Corporate Director of Finance and Resources:

 

9 March 2014 and September 2015 – delete “Global equities manager presentation” from the March meeting and bring forward the September 2015 item on “Standard Life presentation” to the 9 March 2015.

 

9 March 2015 – include the update on the London CIV in the performance report

 

(b) That it be noted that all updates on the London CIV will be circulated to members of the Sub-Committee as they become available

(c) That the training session on 9 March 2015 be changed to “Emerging markets” and that for 4 June 2015 to “Social infrastructure”.

40.

Contract award for Diversified Growth Fund Manager

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

(a) That the outcome of the tender process to procure a Diversified Growth Manager, detailed in the exempt report of the Corporate Director of Finance and Resources, be noted.

(b) That Fund Manager A be appointed as the Islington Pension Fund Diversified Growth Manager, as recommended in exempt Appendix 1 of the report, and that officers be requested to negotiate a fee reduction with Fund Manager A.

(c) That Fund Managers B and C be appointed as reserves and, in the event that negotiations on a fee reduction are unsuccessful with Fund Manager A, officers be authorised to assume negotiations with Fund Manager B or C.

(d) That the Corporate Director of Finance and Resources, in consultation with the Assistant Chief Executive – Governance and Human Resources, be authorised to negotiate and agree the fund management agreement with Fund Manager A in the first instance, or Fund Manager B or C if necessary.

41.

Strategy review update - exempt appendix

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

That the contents of exempt appendix E2 be noted (see minute 36 for decision)