Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

A message from Jody Evans, Interim Director for Essex Pension Fund

23 Mar 2020

Budget 2020 – Changes to Tapered Annual Allowance

The Chancellor has announced changes to the tapered annual allowance that will take effect from 6 April 2020.

13 Mar 2020

Update on McCloud

An overview of the current position.

10 Mar 2020

Employer Consultation into the Funding Strategy Statement

As part of the valuation cycle the Essex Pension Fund is required to review the Funding Strategy Statement and consult with all relevant interested parties involved with the Fund.

04 Feb 2020

Annual Return Workshops 2020

Open to all scheme employers - book your place on this year's workshop now

28 Jan 2020

Member and Employer Surveys - Deadline Extended

Don't miss your chance to have your say! Deadline for both surveys has been extended to 31 January 2020.

10 Jan 2020

Member and Employer Surveys Now Open

Your opportunity to have your say on the service that we provide.

21 Oct 2019

Annual Allowance (AA) Guide for LGPS Members

Further guidance on Annual Allowance (AA) for members of the LGPS who have recently received a Pension Saving Statement (PSS) from the Essex Pension Fund.

03 Oct 2019

Updated Statement on ISS Consultation

The Fund has issued an updated statement on the review of its Investment Strategy Statement (ISS).

02 Oct 2019

Essex Pension Fund Wins Scheme Governance Award

Essex Pension Fund Wins 'Scheme Governance Award' at the LAPF Investments Awards 2019

30 Sep 2019

Your Local Pension Board Needs You - June 2019

Two vacancies have arisen on the Essex Pension Fund Advisory Board for Scheme Member representatives.

21 Jun 2019

Important changes as a result of the LGPS (Miscellaneous Amendment) Regulations 2018

The LGPS (Miscellaneous Amendment) Regulations 2018 introduced some further changes to the scheme concerning when deferred benefits can be taken, pre- April 2014 AVC contracts, expansion of the underpin and survivor benefits for same sex spouses and civil partners.

09 Apr 2019

Climate Change

The Fund has issued a press release on climate change.

14 Nov 2018

Essex announced as host authority for the ACCESS Support Unit and recruitment begins for a Programme Director

Essex County Council has been announced as the host authority for the ACCESS Support Unit (ASU) and the recruitment process for the Programme Director has commenced.

28 Aug 2018

Important Changes Affecting Earliest Date Deferred Members Can Draw Pension From

IMPORTANT CHANGES AFFECTING THE EARLIEST DATE DEFERRED MEMBERS CAN DRAW THEIR PENSION FROM The LGPS regulations have been amended from 14 May 2018 and this has changed the rules around the early payment of deferred pensions for members who left the scheme before 1 April 2014.

01 Jun 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – May 2018

GDPR is a new set of European Union (EU) regulations which come into force on 25 May 2018. They change how organisations process and handle data, with the key aim of giving greater protection and rights to individuals.

25 May 2018

Your Local Pension Board Needs You - March 2018

A vacancy has risen on the Essex Pension Fund Advisory Board for a Scheme Member representative.

12 Mar 2018

Fossil fuel investments

There has been recent media coverage of the extent to which the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) has invests in fossil fuels. As at September 2017 the £6.3bn Essex Pension Fund had under 3% invested in fossil fuels. Essex Pension Fund has issued the following statement.

22 Nov 2017

Scheme Advisory Board (SAB) survey on Local Pension Boards

06 Jun 2017

Consultation on Draft Investment Strategy Statement - Deadline Extended

30 May 2017

LGPS Arrangements for Academies April 2017 (1)

19 Apr 2017

Consultation on Draft Investment Strategy Statement

10 Apr 2017

Fund Information Released

31 Mar 2017

Essex Pension Fund wins the Pensions Age Pension Administration Award 2017

Pensions Age Awards 2017 Winner Pension Administration Award 2017

20 Mar 2017

Pooling for Scheme Members

08 Nov 2016

Pooling for Employers - Investments

07 Nov 2016

Annual Benefit Statement Note

2015 Annual Benefit Statement notice to scheme members

15 Sep 2015

Essex Pension Fund scoops prestigious award

The Essex Pension Fund was named as the Public Sector Scheme of the Year at a prestigious awards event last night (Tuesday).

23 May 2015

Your Local Pension Board Needs You

22 Apr 2015

Cold Calls, Investment In Christmas Trees

We have recently been contacted by some members of the public who have received calls inviting them to invest in Christmas Trees.

02 Apr 2015

Independent Investment Adviser vacancy

Building upon its record of success, the Essex Pension Fund (LGPS) wishes to appoint an independent investment adviser to advise its Investment Steering Committee (ISC)

24 Mar 2015

Pension Flexibility and the LGPS

Last November the Chancellor, George Osborne, announced there were to be major changes to how pension scheme savers can access their pension benefits.

12 Mar 2015

Further award for the Essex Pension Fund

The Essex Pension Fund has been named as the “Defined Benefit Pension Scheme of the Year” at a prestigious awards event.

09 Mar 2015

Pension fund Chairman raises concern over consultation delays

Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis has been told of a pension fund’s “serious concerns” over delays to a consultation on new governance regulations.

28 May 2014

LGPS 2014 - what's new?

From 1st April 2014 your pension will build up in a different way.

01 Apr 2014

Pension increase update

HM Treasury have now issued the annual pension increase order to apply to public service pensions.

03 Mar 2014

Smaller Employer Representative

For the attention of employers within the Essex Pension Fund who are eligible to both nominate and vote for, candidates for the position of Smaller Employers Representative (SER) on the Essex Pension Fund Board.

12 Feb 2014

Fund wins investment award

Essex Pension Fund has picked up the prize for Fund of the Year (Above £2 Billion) at the 20th Anniversary LGC Investment Awards, held at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London.

19 Dec 2013

EPF Annual Report now available

The 2012/13 Essex Pension Fund Annual Report has now been published to the website.

02 Dec 2013

LGPS 2014 website relaunched

Today the scheme member website www.lgps2014.org was relaunched.

18 Nov 2013

Essex Pension Fund appoints Prudential as new AVC co-provider

For active members of the LGPS there are provisions for increasing your retirement lump sum ...

10 Jul 2013

LGPS - further consultations issued

Work on finalising the shape of the new-look LGPS from April 2014 continues...

04 Jul 2013

Additional Pension Contributions (APCs)

Since 1 April 2014 it has been possible to pay additional contributions to buy up to £6500 additional pension per year.

27 Jun 2004