Agenda and draft minutes

Appointments and Conditions of Service Committee
Tuesday, 6th July, 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: LB 41 - Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, NG2 3NG. View directions

Contact: Kate Morris, 0115 8764353  Email: kate.morris2@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

25.

Chair

Minutes:

In the absence of Councillor Liversidge, the meeting was Chaired by Councillor Ahmed (Vice-Chair).

 

26.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Councillor Dave Liversidge   - Personal

Councillor Rebecca Langton  - On Leave

Councillor Sally Longford  - Personal

Councillor David Mellen   - Council Business

 

27.

Declarations of Interests

Minutes:

None

28.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 183 KB

To confirm the minuted of the meeting held on 21 May 2021

Minutes:

The Committee agreed the minutes of the meeting held on 21 May 2021 as a correct record and they were signed by the Chair presiding at the meeting.

 

29.

Revisions to the Local Government Pension Scheme - Employer Discretions Statement of Policy pdf icon PDF 138 KB

Report of the Director, Human Resources and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Richard Henderson, Director of HR, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion introduced the report on revisions to the Local Government pension scheme – Employer Discretions statement of policy to the Committee. Jo Hill, HR Consultant, outlined details of the report to the committee highlighting the following points:

 

(a)  The changes proposed intend to clarify Council policy and ensure that the Authority’s position is clear;

 

(b)  During the development of this report comparisons were made, both to neighbouring authorities and other Core Cities to ensure they fall in line with other employers;

 

(c)  9 of the discretions addressed in this report have not been exercised since 2014. The last discretion allows the Council to calculate pension contributions on a monthly basis rather than the periodic basis currently used;

 

Following questions and comments from the Committee the following points were highlighted:

 

(d)  Unions have been consulted and are happy that the flexible retirement option is being maintained. During consultation they highlighted that they would like a clause for exceptional circumstances, however this leads to a less clear formal policy and has not been included;

 

(e)  Other local authorities also choose to only exercise their discretions where there is no cost to the authority. There is no central budget for these pensions costs and budget implications fall to local budgets; 

 

(f)  Choosing not to exercise these discretions falls within the framework of the Local Government Pension Scheme;

 

Resolved to agree the amendments to the Local Government Pension Scheme employer discretions statement of policy as set out in the appendix published with the agenda