COVID-19 news and information

> Webinar slides: COVID-19 for LGPS employers

We have completed a series of webinars for LGPS employers on the impact of COVID-19. Following requests from administering authority staff who attended, you can now view the webinar slides.


> FAQs for LGPS employers updated

We have updated the COVID-19 employer FAQs based on questions and feedback from our recent webinars. The FAQs are designed to help employers understand pension issues that may arise during the pandemic.


> Webinar recording: COVID-19 for LGPS employers

We have recently completed a series of webinars for LGPS employers covering the pensions issues that they may need to consider during the pandemic. We have made a recording of the webinar available online.


> Governance survey results published

The Scheme Advisory Board have published the results of the LGPS COVID-19 Governance survey on the Board website. The survey ran from 1 to 15 May.


> FAQs for LGPS administrators updated

The question on the NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme (England) has been updated now that further information on the scheme is available. Also, a question has been added to clarify the position on the coronavirus life assurance schemes in Scotland and Wales.


> NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance scheme (England)- details published

The Scheme Advisory Board have compiled a summary of the main aspects of the scheme. The summary is available on the COVID-19 page on the SAB website and includes links to further information and the rules of the scheme.


> LGA webinar: The impact of COVID-19 for LGPS employers

The LGA is running webinars covering the impact of COVID-19 on LGPS employers.


> Treasury Direction in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

HM Treasury have issued a Treasury Direction in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The Direction sets out the legal framework for the Scheme which is due to go live on 20 April 2020. The Direction should be read in conjunction with the updated guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme


> TPR publish COVID-19 guidance for employers

The Pensions Regulator has issued guidance for employers on automatic enrolment, maintaining pension contributions and the coronavirus job retention scheme.


> Regulations extend accounting deadlines

Coming into force on 30 April 2020, the Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus)(Amendment) Regulations 2020 extend the publication date for local authority audited accounts to 30 November 2020,


> Regulations on virtual meetings published

On 3 April 2020, the Scheme Advisory Board updated their website to confirm that the regulations enabling councils to hold electronic and digital meetings using virtual locations such as internet locations, web addresses or conference call telephone numbers would come into force on 4 April 2020.


> TPR publish guidance on reporting duties and enforcement activity during COVID-19 pandemic

TPR have issued guidance on reporting duties and enforcement activity confirming that they can adopt a more flexible approach to what they expect to reported in a number of areas and when enforcement action would be appropriate under the current circumstances.


> LGPS Resilience survey

We have published the results of the LGPS COVID-19 resilience survey.


> TPR guidance for public sector scheme administrators

The Pensions Regulator has produced Scheme administration: COVID-19 guidance for trustees and public service to assist public sector administrators in determining the critical processes to be delivered at this time.


> FAQs for LGPS administrators

We have published the first batch of coronavirus FAQs for LGPS administrators. We will update the FAQs page with any new developments.


> TPR guidance on COVID-19

The Pensions Regulator has produced guidance for trustees, employers and their advisers to assist those facing difficult decisions and circumstances because of the coronavirus pandemic.


> FAQs for Scheme members

Coronavirus FAQs for Scheme members is available to view on the guides and sample document page.


> PASA issue COVID-19 guidance for administrators

PASA have today issued guidance for administrators which sets out priorities together with the basic and high level enablers to achieve them. Although the guidance is not specifically aimed at the LGPS, much of the content will be applicable.


> March bulletin delayed

We are currently working on COVID-19 guidance and FAQs for administrators in addition to FAQs for members. As a result, the monthly bulletin (March) will be delayed - we aim to issue it next week.


> LGA issue Covid-19 message and online survey to pension managers

Today all pension managers were sent a message from the LGA about minimum levels of service provision and the measures that we are taking to support administering authorities in these uncertain times.


> Re-employment of key workers

The Chair of the Scheme Advisory Board, Councillor Roger Phillips, has today sent a letter to the chairs of LGPS pension committees regarding the discretionary abatement of pensions for staff who will be returning to assist in the delivery of vital services.

Letter from Councillor Phillips - re-employment of key workers.