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The contributions paid into the Local Government Pension Scheme are invested in a variety of bonds and shares by the funds’ investment management team. Through these investments the fund can build up enough assets to cover any payments of scheme members’ retirement benefits.

The investments of both the Devon Pension Fund and Somerset Pension Fund are held separately and are independent of each other.

Devon Pension Fund and investments

The Devon Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) is managed by Devon County Council, who act as the administering authority, in accordance with regulations approved by Parliament.

Devon County Council pays benefits from a dedicated pension fund, kept separate from the County Council’s services budget. Both the scheme member and their employer pay into this fund in order to provide retirement benefits for the member once they retire.

More information can be found on the Devon Pension Fund website

Somerset Council investments

The Somerset Pensions Board is established by Somerset Council in its capacity as the Administering Authority of the Somerset Council Pensions Fund and operates independently of the Pensions Committee.

The Somerset Pensions Board are currently looking for 3 representatives (current employees, deferred members, or pensioners) of the fund to be members of the board. Please click on the link below for more information;-

Letter to Somerset Pension Fund Members

Brunel Pension Partnership

In 2015 the government announced that they wanted the 91 Local Government Pension Scheme funds to pool their investments into larger pools in order to achieve savings in investment management costs.

Established in response to the government agenda, Brunel Pension Partnership (Brunel) is one of eight national Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) pools, bringing together circa £30 billion investments of 10 like-minded funds.

Both the Devon and Somerset funds have committed to support Brunel Pension Partnership.

The other funds in the Brunel pool are Avon, Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Dorset, Environment Agency, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.

Brunel Pension Partnership is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority as a full-service MiFID firm.

More information and updates can be found on the Brunel Pension Partnership website.

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