Members were informed the item relating to outsourcing would be removed from the Forward Plan as this had been resolved. The Chair suggested it would be helpful to have a look at scheme discretions to help members’ understanding. Vicky Jenks said attempts were being made to create a standardised discretions document. Additionally the abatement policy was being looked at by the Lead Commissioner – Strategic People Improvement following the outcome of the Ombudsman case.
The Chair said he had taken part in the recent CIPFA local Pension Board training. He said that while it had been interesting, its contents were not relevant or helpful to Fire and Rescue Pension Boards and were aimed primarily at LGPS schemes.