Latest news & announcements

Notice of Office Relocation

Due to the refurbishment of Keynsham Civic Centre Avon Pension Fund offices are being temporarily relocated to The Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW effective from Tuesday 11 January 2022.

Our postal address and telephone number remain the same and members can continue to get in touch with the Fund using these details and the usual online methods, however there may be a delay in sending, receiving and processing requests whilst we transition to our new office location.

We apologise for any inconvenience that you may encounter during this time and every effort will be made to deal with your enquiry as soon as possible.

Christmas and New Year office opening times

The Avon Pension Fund office opening times over the Christmas and New Year holidays are as follows:

  • Friday 24 December (Christmas Eve) Open 9am–1pm
  • Monday 27 December (Bank Holiday) Closed
  • Tuesday 28 December (Bank Holiday) Closed
  • Wednesday 29 December Open 9am–4pm
  • Thursday 30 December Open 9am–4pm
  • Friday 31 December (New Year's Eve) Open 9am–4pm
  • Monday 3 January 2022 (Bank Holiday) Closed
  • Tuesday 4 January Normal opening hours resume 9am–4pm

Our telephone service will be operating as per the above times.

The Avon Pension Fund Annual Report for 2020/21 now available

Front cover of the 2020/21 Avon Pension Fund annual report

The latest annual report for 2020/21 is now available.

The report includes the accounts for the year, changes to the LGPS together with details of membership and changes to basic scheme details that have either taken place during the year or are proposed for the future. In addition, the report includes the Actuarial Statement applicable for the year and a report on Investments and Investment performance for the year.

Avon Pension Fund publishes its annual Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Report

Picture of some buildings on a green background.

Following a consultation, in 2017 the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) issued initial recommendations for reporting to help stakeholders in financial markets understand their climate risks and opportunities. This covers the areas of Governance, Strategy, Risk and Metrics & Targets and Avon Pension Fund has now adopted this guidance and set out its own disclosures in this report.

Although not yet compulsory for Local Government pension funds, the Fund is a strong supporter of these disclosures. This critical framework not only helps us to deliver on our own climate change objectives but is also a way of signalling to investee companies, managers, partners and pension fund members how important climate risk transparency is if the Fund is to achieve real world emission reductions.

We've launched a digital magazine - ESG

ESG Zine Issue One Front Cover

We’re pleased to launch the very first issue of our new digital ‘zine’, ESG – a publication that will keep you updated on our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) activity within the Avon Pension Fund. This issue focuses on the climate emergency, and our strategy and activity in helping to tackle it. We also detail information on COP26 and what it means to us as a pension fund.

Preparing for retirement

Preparing for retirement

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis the Affinity Connect pre-retirement workshops have been temporarily replaced by a dedicated 2-hour Pre-Retirement Online Course.

If you have booked to attend the upcoming July workshop, Affinity will contact you to invite you to join this Online Course.

Avon Pension Fund Climate Emergency animation

 

In the lead up to COP26, Avon Pension Fund have put together this short animation outlining the Fund’s approach to investment in respect of the climate emergency. It highlights the work we are doing to become a carbon neutral pension fund by 2050 or earlier.

We look forward to sharing more progress with you in the near, medium, and long-term future of this ambitious goal.

Update for members

What are we doing?

Over the past 18 months, we’ve had very limited and sometimes no access to our main offices at the Keynsham Civic Centre or other sites – meaning all staff have been working remotely from home.

We’re now embracing a more blended way of working that will see staff working both at home and in the office.

For now, everyone remains working from home while our offices undergo essential maintenance and changes to allow for this new way of working, but we expect a gradual return in the first half of 2022.

How you can help

At this time, we continue to experience a much higher volume of enquiries than usual and are prioritising essential requests. 

Please help us by wherever possible getting in touch by email. If you have an enquiry, please email: avonpensionfund@bathnes.gov.uk  

You can also use the ‘Contact us’ facility on our website, to send your enquiry with your contact details by visiting the following webpage:

www.avonpensionfund.org.uk/contact-us  

Every effort will be made to deal with your enquiry as soon as possible.

You can also access your pension account using our secure self-service website my pension online. Where you can view your pension details, access your annual benefit statement, perform estimates and update your expression of wish nominations and contact details.

If you haven’t registered for my pension online already, it’s a simple process. Just visit the registration webpage https://myaccount.avonpensionfund.org.uk/ with your National Insurance number, click on ‘Register’ and follow the instructions.

As we currently have very limited access to both our building and incoming post, we have introduced a secure service by which you can receive and return your documents digitally.

Full details on how to use the SecureShare portal software is available here:

PDF iconSecureShare Guide for Scheme Members

If you are not able to communicate digitally you can send documents to the Avon Pension Fund at the usual address, however, incoming post is currently retrieved on a limited basis, and as such there may be a significant delay in our ability to retrieve your documents for action.

You can still contact us by telephone if your enquiry is urgent, please call 01225 395100. Our telephone service is operating weekdays, between 9am and 4pm.

We’ll keep updating our website regularly as the situation changes.

We appreciate your understanding and support.

Avon Pension Fund sets ambitious climate change targets and takes steps to mitigate the financial risk of climate change in review of equity portfolio

An image of a solar farm in California that Avon Pension Fund has invested in.

Avon Pension Fund is pleased to announce it is transitioning its entire legacy low carbon equity strategy (~£780m) into the recently launched Paris Aligned Benchmark (PAB) developed by FTSE Russell and Brunel Pension Partnership.  

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