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Introduction

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority Local Pensions Board was set up under the Public Services Pensions Act of 2013, to assist the scheme Manager in complying with the regulations and governance of the Firefighters' Pensions Schemes.


The table below sets out the various functions relating to the Firefighters' Pensions Schemes and who is responsible for exercising those functions.

 

Function

Responsible Body

National Level

Provision of advice to the responsible authority, scheme manager and Local Pension Board

The Firefighters’ Pension Scheme Advisory Board

Regulation of all work-based pensions.

The Pensions Regulator

Local Level

Scheme Manager for Firefighters’ Pensions Scheme

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority

Provision of advice and support to the Scheme Manager

Local Pensions Board

Exercise of Discretion under the Schemes

The full Authority, the Human Resources Management & Development Committee or the Chief Fire Officer depending on the actual discretion.

Principal Accountable Officer

Steven Pope, Head of Human Resources

Day-to-day Management and Administration of the Schemes

West Yorkshire Pensions Fund

 

Full details of the roles and responsibilities can be found here

Local Pensions Board Members

 

The Local Pensions Board must have an equal number of employer and member representatives. The DSFRS Local Pensions Board has 8 members and meets 4 times a year.

 

Employer representatives are appointed directly by the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority (as Scheme Manager). The Authority has determined that, for member representatives, a selection process should be undertaken and the responsibility for undertaking this has been delegated to the Head of Human Resources.

Local Pensions Board Meetings

 

The Agenda and supporting papers for meetings from January 2019 onwards can be found here

 

Our Employer Representatives

 

Mike Pearson  

Board Chair

Director of Governance & Digital Services

MPearson@dsfire.gov.uk

 

Amy Webb

Director of Finance & Resources

awebb@dsfire.gov.uk

 

Councillor George Wheeler

Fire Authority Member

george.wheeler@plymouth.gov.uk

Vacancy
A process is in place to fill this vacancy

Our Member Representatives

 

Andy Hallam

Local Risk Manager at Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service

ahallam@dsfire.gov.uk

 

Peter Redbourn

Retired Station Manager at Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service

 

James Leslie
Firefighter


Ben Redwood
On-Call Crew Manager

Officer delegated to act as Scheme Manager

Steven Pope

Head of Human Resources. Tel. 01392 872265

spope@dsfire.gov.uk

Scheme Manager is supported by

Caroline Gourlay
HR Reward & Benefits Manager Tel. 01392 872334
cgourlay@dsfire.gov.uk

 

Conflicts of Interest Forms

Conflicts of Interest Forms for Pension board members can be found below:

Board Member Training

Board members are invited to attend Local Government Association conferences and seminars relating to Firefighters' Pension Schemes and Administration.

A number of Pension Board members recently attended the LGA Firefighters' Pension Conference 2019 in London, the presentations used at the event can be found below.

In addition to this, Board members complete the training modules on The Pensions Regulator website. The evidence for completion of these can be found below:


Additional training logs:

West Yorkshire Pension Fund

As from 1 April 2018, West Yorkshire Pension Fund (WYPF) is the Scheme administrator and payroll (for those in receipt of a pension) provider. For further information on West Yorkshire Pension Fund you can visit the website at www.wypf.org.uk/firefighters or telephone 01392 872332

Peninsula Pensions

Peninsula Pensions will continue to provide Pensions Administration and Payroll for Local Government Pensions Scheme members.

 

Other Useful Documents and Links:

Quick guide to Public Service Pension Boards
Pensions Regulator

Local Pension Board Terms of Reference

Conflict of Interest Policy

Reporting breaches

Privacy Notice

Internal Dispute Resolution

The Internal Dispute Resolution procedures (IDRP) can be found here.


Guidance on the IDRP is available on the West Yorkshire Pension Fund website: http://www.wypf.org.uk/Member/Fire/IDRP/InternalDisputeResolutionPro.aspx

Useful Contacts:

The Pensions Advisory Service

120 Holborn

London EC1N 2TD

www.pensionadvisoryservice.org.uk

Tel:  0800 011 3797

The Pensions Ombudsman

10 South Colonnade

Canary Wharf

London E14 4PU

www.pensions-ombudsman.org.uk

Tel:  0800 917 4487

 

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