Financial Statements

Scheme Account

LGPS aggregated Scheme Account as at 31 March


Dealings with members, employers and others directly involved in the Scheme

(9,341,560) Contributions (9,693,086)
(434,034) Transfers in from other pension schemes (1,171,785)
(45,792) Other Income (41,906)
(9,821,386)    (10,906,777)
9,386,123 Benefits  9,690,483
536,862 Payments to and on account of leavers 634,612
114,313 Administrative expenses  118,127
62,805 Oversight and governance expenses  72,030


278,717 Net (additions)/withdrawals from dealings with members 391,525

Returns on Investments

(3,665,079) Investment Income  (4,007,907)
55,353 Taxes on Income  44,162
2,653,167 Profit and losses on disposal of investments and changes the in value of investments  42,697,544
805,203 Investment management expenses  875,719
(151,356) Net return on investments  (45,785,570)
127,361 Net (increase)/decrease in the net assets available for benefits during the year  46,177,095
217,188,518 Net Assets of the Scheme at 1 April /(restated 2016)  216,450,685
217,061,157 Net Assets of the Scheme at 31 March  262,627,780


Net Assets Statement


LGPS aggregated Net Assets Statement as at 31 March


Investment Assets (£000s)

10,554,872 Fixed interest securities Bonds 18,296,952
5,718,862 Index-linked securities   -
75,099,382 Equities    83,562,522
94,630,676 PIVs (pooled investment vehicles)    123,833,994
10,477,407 Property PIVs    11,880,273
6,465,281 Property    7,028,347
4,539,679 Private equity   6,838,655
1,621,163 Derivatives    1,542,880
2,174,928 Other    2,864,401
879,689 Other balances    876,703
4,812,724 Cash deposits    5,758,733
216,974,663     262,483,460
(1,697,694) Investment Liabilities   (1,516,921)
113,004 Non current assets    88,815
26,038 Non current liabilities    28,972
2,180,778 Current Assets    2,061,950
(535,631) Current Liabilities    (518,496)
217,061,157 Net assets of the fund available to fund benefits at the period end   262,627,780

Additional notes and limitations


The LGPS Annual Report is based on each individual LGPS funds' statutory annual reports and audited financial statements as at 31 March, these been collated and published in one place. The intention is to build a complete and comparable set of annual reports for the scheme in its entirety, as a whole and for every fund.
The annual accounts have been reviewed to draw out any information which is reported completely and consistently across all funds. At the highest level of financial reporting, the fund financial statements have been gathered together and totalled to produce an aggregated Scheme account and net assets statement.

The Statement of Accounts summarise the Scheme’s transactions for the year and its position at year end as at 31 March. The data used comes from the individual LGPS funds' financial statements which are prepared in accordance with the Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting in the United Kingdom (The Code). The Code is issued by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, CIPFA and is based on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as amended for the UK public sector. The individual LGPS fund accounts have been prepared on an accruals basis in accordance with the Code, apart from transfer values which are accounted for on a cash basis in accordance with the Code.

The Net Assets Statement, similarly summarises the Scheme’s assets over the year and its position at year end as at 31 March.

The individual LGPS fund accounts do not take account of obligations to pay pensions and benefits which fall due after the end of the financial year, nor do they take into account the actuarial present value of promised retirement benefits. IAS 26 gives administering authorities the option to disclose this information by appending an actuarial report, prepared for this purpose. If not part of the annual report, these statements have also been collated and are shown as attachments in the split records column.
These statements are as at the most recent Scheme valuation date. In the case for 2017 annual reports, this is 31 March 2016.

Data limitations

It is important to note that the data contained in this LGPS Annual Report is based on the individual LGPS fund annual report and audited accounts. The SAB is reliant on the general accuracy of the fund annual reports without independent verification. Whilst the data have been checked for reasonableness and consistency, a full independent audit of the aggregated data has not been completed.
The charts, analysis and general commentary are based on the face accounts, or broad ‘high-level’ figures. Analysis of account notes demonstrated variations in depth of reporting and subjective interpretation of some accounting classifications.
These findings in analysing the more detailed notes sections of the annual reports have been shared with CIPFA and DCLG in order to support their work in improving guidance on annual report and accounts and collection of SF3 data. The information may also be used by the LGPS advisory board sub committees to help establish baseline datasets and to build on comparable metrics for assessing the financial health of each individual fund and the scheme as a whole.