Lothian Pension Fund and Falkirk Council Pension not progressing their proposed merger

28 Sep 23

Lothian Pension Fund (LPF) and Falkirk Council Pension Fund (FCPF) will not be progressing with their proposed merger.

In 2020 after many years of collaboration, the Pension Committees of the Lothian and Falkirk Council pension funds agreed to explore the feasibility of a merger between Lothian Pension Fund (LPF) and Falkirk Council Pension Fund (FCPF). After considering a comprehensive business case that set out the benefits to each fund, both individually and collectively, and confirming the feasibility of the merger, the Committees approved a merger subject to approval by both councils.

On 1 June 2023, following a high-level consideration of some issues, the award winning LPF was asked by the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) to consider how to enhance the current governance model and explore options for the relationship with FCPF rather than proceeding with the merger at this time. Following this request, at their committee meeting on 27 September, CEC’s Pensions Committee approved the motion to cease exploration of the merger at this time, with a view to re-looking at options in two years’ time.

Although not the original planned outcome, the exploration of the merger has been a valuable project for both Funds. LPF and FCPF have delivered various improvements, including further alignment of the investment and pensions administration processes. Key successes include the roll out of member self-service, and of new systems and processes across FCPF, such as automated workflow. These bring benefits to members and colleagues alike and leave both Funds in a strong position and well placed to continue collaborating.

David Vallery, Chief Executive Officer of LPF says about the decision: 

“Through the work to date, both Falkirk Council Pension Fund and Lothian Pension Fund are in a stronger position, and we will continue to work closely with the City of Edinburgh Council and Falkirk Council to build resilient and sustainable pension funds for both.

“We will continue working to deliver the best service we can for our members and employers and make it a great place for our colleagues. We will carry on with our successful collaboration with Falkirk and other strategic partner funds.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the teams from both Pension Funds and Councils for their hard work to support the project.”

Amanda, Templeman, Chief Finance Officer of Falkirk Council says:

“Falkirk Council Pension Fund will continue their close relationship with Lothian Pension Fund, which over the years has resulted in excellent outcomes and benefits for our members. Both Funds have a proven track record of successful collaboration and the work done to date in preparation for a potential merger has helped to improve the funds and strengthen existing relationships.”

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