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Meeting: 31/03/2021 - Local Pension Board (Item 42)

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The Head of Pensions Administration, Yvonne Murphy, introduced a report that provided Members with copies of the reports on developments in the LGPS that had been taken to Pensions Committee since the previous Board meeting.


The report updated Members on the Treasury announcement of 12 February, to issue a direction to disapply the ‘Restriction of Public Sector Exit Payments Regulations 2020 (£95k cap) with immediate effect. Subsequently, on 25 February the Treasury had formally revoked the regulations with effect from 19 March 2021. 


In addition, the report raised awareness of the publication of the final report from the Scheme Advisory Board on the Good Governance review and overriding legislation that would impact on the administration of the LGPS.


Further to updates provided at the last committee meeting on the £95k Exit Cap, HM Treasury (HMT) had published the Exit Payment Cap Directions 2021, on 12 February, accessible from the following link:


The Directions had disapplied regulations 3, 9 and 12 of the Restriction of Public Sector Exit Payment Regulations 2020 with immediate effect on the basis that the Government had concluded that the Cap may have had unintended consequences. This meant the exit cap did not apply to exits that took place on or after 12 February 2021.


HMT had also issued guidance which set out their expectation that employers who had capped exit payments since 4 November 2020 should revisit those cases and pay the additional sums that would have been payable had the cap not applied.


The Head of Pension Administration also highlighted that on 11 February, HMT had launched a consultation on the implementation of increasing the minimum pension age from 55 to 57 in April 2028. This was the age at which individuals could access their pension benefits without incurring an unauthorised tax charge.


Government had previously signalled its commitment to increase the minimum pension age to 57 in 2028 in its response to the Freedom and Choice in Pensions consultation in July 2014. The Government's justification was to reflect increases to life expectancy since the minimum pension age was last increased from 50 to 55 in 2010, so that tax efficient pension savings were only used to provide income and security in later life.


The consultation confirmed that the proposals did not apply to those who were members of the firefighters, police and armed forces public service pension schemes. The consultation would close on 22 April 2021 and MPF would provide a response to this consultation which would be shared with the Chair of the Pensions Board and members of the Pension Committee.


The Head of Pensions Administration responded to members questions and it was;


Resolved - That the report be noted.