Report of the Director for Corporate Services
The Committee considered a report of the Director of Corporate Services on the Fund’s Risk Register.
They were informed that CIPFA Guidance recommended the production and monitoring of a Risk Register for Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds. At their meeting in September 2020, the Pensions Committee noted the contents of the Pension Fund Risk Register at that time and asked the Local Pension Board to continue to undertake a regular detailed review of the identified risks and the process for maintaining the Risk Register and report back on any areas of concern. It was also agreed that the Pensions Committee would continue to carry out an annual review of the high level and emerging risks identified from the Fund’s Risk Register.
The Committee noted that the Risk Register brought together all the Fund’s risks in a single document. It continued to be based on the 4 key areas of activity within the Fund: Governance, Funding, Administration and Investment.
The detailed Risk Register matched high-level risks, under each of the 4 areas of activity, to the Fund’s high level objectives. Each of the detailed risks had been given an impact score and a likelihood score before any controls were applied. These had then been combined to give an overall pre-control risk score, which had been assigned a Red – Amber - Green (RAG) rating.
Controls that were currently in place to mitigate risks and additional sources of assurance were then considered to provide a post control impact and likelihood score. Again, these had been combined to give an overall post control risk score which had been assigned a RAG rating. All risks were given a review date, risk owner and any future actions to be taken were noted.
Officers reviewed the Risk Register every quarter, focusing in on the detail of one of the 4 areas, along with a review of any emerging risks. As part of their review, Members of the Local Pensions Board had attended the review meetings and had taken an active role in the discussions.
The Committee considered a summary of the high-level risks associated with the objectives (detailed in Appendix 3 to the report), together with emerging risks (detailed in Appendix 4 to the report).
Mr Birch informed Members that the Pensions Board would be content to continue to play an active role in the ongoing review process should the Committee wish.
The Committee also received the updated Risk Management Policy for the Staffordshire Pension Fund.
In response to a question from Cllr Sweeney concerning difficulties previously experienced in collecting payroll data from some employers within the Fund, the Director indicated that the roll out of iConnect had brought about improvements in this area.