The Highland Pension Fund is part of the national Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)

If you join the fund you become a member and you will get a pension paid to you when you retire.

Members include people who work for The Highland Council, and a whole range of other organisations such as local colleges, scheduled and admitted bodies. More than 30 employers allow their employees to join the fund.

The LGPS is a statutory scheme. This means that it is very secure because the amount members are paid in retirement is defined and set out in law.

Teachers and operational staff in the police and fire and rescue service have their own pension schemes and are not part of the Highland Council Pension Fund.

Who runs the pension fund?

The Highland Pension Fund is run by The Highland Council.

This means that The Highland Council is the "administering authority" in the Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations.

The Council has set up the Highland Council Pensions Committee who act as "quasi trustees" of the Fund and decides the overall policy objectives, strategy and operation of the Fund in accordance with relevant legislation and in the best interests of its members and employers. 

Administering authorities have to act in the interests of all employers, members and their dependants within the fund. The role of the administering authority is very similar to that of a trustee.

The pension section at the Highland Council look after the day to day running of the fund.

The Pension Fund Manager is Mr Brian Porter.

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