Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)

1. New and existing members

The East Sussex Local Government Pension Scheme is administered by the County Council. The scheme provides retirement benefits for County Council employees, but members also include employees of Brighton & Hove City Council, the five borough and district councils, universities, colleges and public authorities.

The scheme is designed to provide financial security for you and your dependants, both while you are working and during your retirement.

New and existing members can find out more on the East Sussex Pension Fund website

2. Information for employers

Employers in the East Sussex Pension Fund

The East Sussex Pension Fund is administered by East Sussex County Council, but other councils and public authorities can join the scheme. All employers, together with their contribution rates, are listed in the Participating employers document.

HR guide to the LGPS

This guide sets out the requirements for Human Resources (HR) departments of employers who provide the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) in England and Wales.


The guide provides information about the responsibilities and duties that an employer participating in the LGPS must undertake, as well as the minimum information an employer needs to supply to the relevant LGPS administering authority (East Sussex County Council) to enable us to administer the LGPS effectively.

Discretions

This is the power given by the LGPS to enable an employer or/and the pension fund administering authority to choose how they will apply the scheme in respect of certain provisions.


A full list of the discretionary policies to be determined upon by Scheme employers, administering authorities and other parties is provided.

LGPS Employer Forms

Scheme Employers can download certain forms online, others can be obtained on request from the Pensions Team.

Teachers’ Pension Fund

Teachers have their own pension arrangements through the Teachers’ Pension Fund.

3. Governance of the pension fund

How we manage the pension fund

  • Information about the management of the pension fund and the portfolio of investments can be found in our Financial reports and accounts.
  • To find out how we invest the fund, how we govern the fund and how we communicate with interested parties, please see our Pension fund policies page.
  • Details of the contribution rates paid by participating employers on behalf of members of the scheme can be found in the list of participating employers.

Pensions Regulator

  • Details of the effectiveness of the internal dispute resolution procedure and management of contributions can be found in the Pensions Regulator section.

Pension Committee

In accordance with the Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations, associated legislation and the Pensions Committee terms of reference, the Pension Committee is responsible for all functions and responsibilities relating to the management of the East Sussex Pension Fund, this includes making arrangements for the investment, administration and management of the Pension Fund, receiving advice as appropriate from the Pension Board. The Pension Committee also agrees Policy Statements, as required under the LGPS regulations, and decides on the admission and cessation of bodies to the Pension Fund.

Browse meetings and agendas, and view contact details for the members of the Pensions Committee.

Pension Board

The Public Service Pensions Act 2013 requires the establishment of a Pension Board with the responsibility for “assisting the Scheme Manager” in securing compliance with all relevant pensions law, regulations and directions.

The Pension Board’s role is one of providing assurance in and governance of the scheme administration and helping to ensure that the East Sussex Pension Fund complies with the code of practice issued by the Pension Regulator.

Browse meetings and agendas, and view contact details for the members of the Pensions Board.

ACCESS

A Collaboration of Central, Eastern & Southern Shires

ACCESS was formed in compliance with the Government’s LGPS investment reform criteria. The East Sussex Pension Fund (ESPF) is a leading participant within the ACCESS pool, with 10 other administering authorities underpinning the establishment of the pool.

ACCESS’s collaboration was based on pooling investments via a Collective Investment Vehicle (CIV) that would be administered and maintained by a third party Operator. The eleven participating authorities have a clear set of objectives and principles that will drive the decision-making and allow participating authorities to continue to help shape the design of the Pool.

Objectives
Enable participating authorities to execute their fiduciary responsibilities to Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) stakeholders, including scheme members and employers, as economically as possible.
Provide a range of asset types necessary to enable those participating authorities to execute their locally decided investment strategies as far as possible.
Enable participating authorities to achieve the benefits of pooling investments, preserve the best aspects of what is currently done locally, and create the desired level of local decision-making and control.

Additional information about ACCESS/Joint Committee, agenda, notes from previous meetings are available on the Kent CC website.

Scheme Advisory Board

The Local Government Pension Scheme Advisory Board is a body set up under Section 7 of the Public Service Pensions Act 2013 and The Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations 110–113.


The purpose of the Board is to both reactive and proactive. It will seek to encourage best practice, increase transparency and coordinate technical and standards issues.


It will consider items passed to it from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (“MHCLG”), the Board’s sub-committees and other stakeholders as well as items formulated within the Board. Recommendations may be passed to the MHCLG or other bodies. It is also likely that it will have a liaison role with the Pensions Regulator. Guidance and standards may be formulated for local scheme managers and pension boards.

4. East Sussex Pension Fund guides and leaflets

The following guides and leaflets explain more about the East Sussex Pension Fund and the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Participating Employers

Dispute Procedure Guide

Stage 1 Dispute Resolution Application Form

Stage 2 Dispute Resolution Application Form

Full Scheme Guide

Brief Scheme Guide

Lifetime Allowance factsheet

Annual Allowance factsheet

GDRP

Fair Deal Consultation

National Insurance database

AVC Prudential Guide

5. Local Government Pension Scheme news

With the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak creating a fast moving and uncertain situation affecting us all, personally and professionally, we wanted to set out our arrangements for delivering our services to you. At the moment Orbis Pensions remains operational and our aim is to ensure we can maintain vital services during this time of uncertainty. We hope you will understand that this means we will need to prioritise our efforts accordingly.


Our main focus areas will be as follows:

• Deaths – payment of Death Grants and Dependants Benefits
• Retirements – processing benefits (pension and lump sum) for actual retirements
• Refunds – payment of refund of contributions

If you are contacting us regarding one of the above processes then we will aim to respond to you within 3–5 working days. Please bear with us during these challenging times as we may not be able to respond as quickly as we would like.

Please Help Yourself
Please remember if you are a member of the LGPS you can view and manage your pensions information using the Member Self Service portal or go to the Local Government Pension Scheme website for details about how your pension is calculated, 50/50 scheme, when you can take your pension and much more. You can also refer to the East Sussex Pension Fund website where you can find a host of useful forms and general information.

Opening Hours
We are currently offering a reduced telephony service. Please only call if your query is urgent (Monday-Friday 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm). Our telephone number is 0300 200 1031.

Pension Scams
It’s important that you get guidance or advice before making a decision about your pension. The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) offers free guidance and will help answer any questions you may have.

If you’re considering transferring your pension, you should also take regulated financial advice from someone who is authorised to advise on pension transfers by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). You can check registration details on the FCA website.

You can visit the FCA’s ScamSmart website to see whether what you’re being offered is a known scam, or has the signs of a scam.

6. Useful websites

The following websites provide useful information about pensions.

LGPS Members

Contains information on all aspects of membership of the LGPS and holds the APC calculator and the contributions calculator.

Working, jobs and pensions – GOV.UK

Includes beginners’ guide to pensions, information about state, company and personal pensions, plus benefits and credits, as well as general planning for retirement.

Local Government Association

Useful information on all aspects of the LGPS, including the latest changes.

Prudential’s Local Government AVCs

Find out how to boost your pension by making additional voluntary contributions (AVCs).

The Pensions Regulator

The regulator of work-based pension schemes in the UK.

Teachers’ Pension Scheme

Information for members of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.

7. Contact us

Who do I contact about my pension?

Most general questions about the East Sussex Local Government Pension Scheme for new and existing members and pensioners can be answered on the East Sussex Pension Fund website.

The Scheme Administrator’s contact details are:

Orbis – Business Operations
East F, County Hall
St Anne’s Crescent
Lewes
East Sussex
BN7 1UE

Phone:01273 337450
Email: escc.pensions@sesharedservices.org.uk

Participating employers who wish to discuss policy issues

Michelle King, Interim Head of Pensions
East Sussex Pension Fund
East Sussex County Council
St Anne’s Crescent
Lewes, BN7 1UE

Email: pensions@eastsussex.gov.uk