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Welcome to the website of Lothian Pension Fund

We provide pension services for local government employees in Edinburgh and the Lothians area of Scotland.  Find our more about the Fund in the About us section.

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LGPS 2018

Changes to the LGPS (Scotland) Regulations came into force on 1 June 2018.  You can view the LGPS (Scotland) 2018 Regulations here.  We are seeking clarification on some aspects of the Regulations and will update our website once this has been obtained. 

Independent Professional Observer sought

Lothian Pension Fund is looking for an independent professional observer to provide guidance to the Pensions Committee and Pension Board in the exercise of their duties in relation to the pension funds.   

Applicants will have a strong background in pensions with experience of working with large complex schemes.  Knowledge should include understanding of pensions legislation, investments and regulatory requirements as well as the ability to challenge investment strategy. Specific experience within the LGPS is desirable.  Responsibilities will include attendance at four meetings per year and Sub-Committee meetings in Edinburgh as required and including preparation and follow up work for the meetings as well as delivering training at two half day events per year. 

Applicants will be required to register on the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) website www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk where additional information on the service can be found. Search for reference number ‘MAY319998’ or ‘Independent Professional Observer’. Requests for further details, and applications, should be made via the PCS website.

Your data

From May 2018, new laws changed the way organisations handle people’s data. Changes included an update on the lawful basis for processing data, how long organisations keep personal data and the right to be informed about what is being done with your data. The Fund’s basis to hold data is to administer the pension fund and pay pensions when they are due. It is therefore necessary for the Fund to hold your personal information to process pensions.  You can read the new policy at www.lpf.org.uk/privacy

Responsible investment

Lothian Pension Fund is a multi-employer pension scheme, which has a fiduciary duty to its members and employers.  Accordingly, the Fund does not disinvest from companies for purely non-financial reasons, not least because this could lead to legal challenge.

The Pensions Committee and Pension Board do, however, take their stewardship responsibilities seriously and they discuss them regularly.  The Fund believes that its policy on responsible investment, which involves engaging with companies, is preferable to a policy of divestment.  This is because engagement, particularly in collaboration with other asset owners, can lead to positive change in corporate behaviour and strategy.  The Fund considers that divestment is less ‘responsible’ in the sense that if all the responsible investors (those that typically engage with companies) divest their shares, then there will be no owners challenging boards on their strategies. 

The Fund’s investment team does look at all issues in assessing the risks across its portfolios and so over time does naturally divest from particular stocks from time to time.  Importantly, the Fund’s team does this with an appropriately long-term horizon, in line with the long duration of its liabilities and its policy of engagement.

More information on the Fund’s policy on responsible investment and engagement activity can be found on our website at www.lpf.org.uk/info/68/responsible_investment.

Read the Pensions Committee response to the deputation in September 2017 from the Edinburgh branch of Campaign Against Arms Trade and the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre.

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The LPF Group has its principal place of business at Suite 2, Atria One, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8EX and comprises the City of Edinburgh Council (acting in its capacity as the administering authority of the Lothian, Lothian Buses and Scottish Homes Pension Funds), and its two wholly owned subsidiary companies LPFI Limited and LPFE Limited (LPF Group). LPFI Limited is a limited company with registered number SC497542 and authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Reference Number 741954) having its registered office at 4th Floor Saltire Court, 20 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH1 2EN.

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