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West Midlands Pension Fund are pleased to present a series of webinars to help you and your staff carry out the day-to-day administration of the scheme.

Free to attend, the sessions will be useful both as a refresher for existing staff, or an introduction to processes for those that are new to Fund administration. If you would like to book on any of the sessions, just click the relevant date to be taken straight to the booking page. A link to the webinar will be sent to you in the Eventbrite confirmation email; please save this, otherwise you will not be able to access the webinar.

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WebinarDescriptionDates (click date to book)
Understanding Pay and Service in the LGPSAdministrators who are new to the LGPS will find this session particularly useful, as it will cover exactly what pay information is needed by the Fund for your monthly submissions and leaver notifications. 
We strongly recommend completing this session before joining any of our Hub S4 leaver notification sessions.

More dates coming soon

Completion of Hub S4 Retirement NotificationsEssential for existing and new users alike, our retirement notification session will guide you through the Employer Hub process from start to finish. We strongly encourage attendance at one of our 'Understanding Pay and Service in the LGPS' sessions prior to attending any of our Hub S4 submission sessions; whilst not essential, the pay and service information will give you a detailed account and deeper understanding of the pay figures that are needed to submit an accurate leaver notification.More dates coming soon
Completion of Hub S4 Early Leaver NotificationsOur Early Leaver (refunds & deferments) session will guide you through the Employer Hub process for members leaving the Fund/employment who are entitled to a refund or deferment. We strongly encourage attendance at one of our 'Understanding Pay and Service in the LGPS' sessions prior to attending any of our Hub S4 submission sessions; whilst not essential, the pay and service information will give you a detailed account and deeper understanding of the pay figures that are needed to submit an accurate leaver notification.More dates coming soon
Completion of Hub S4 Death in Service NotificationsThis brief session will support employers in submitting death notifications to the Fund in the event of a death of an active member.More dates coming soon
Retirements for HR OfficersAimed at Human Resource officers at our employers, this session will explain the retirement process from an HR perspective, detailing all of the requirements prior to a retirement notification being submitted to the Fund.More dates coming soon
Submission of your Monthly Data FileHow to create and submit the monthly data file using in Employer Hub; this comprehensive session is suitable for new administrators or employers, or for those that would like a refresher.

Wednesday 22nd June 2022, 10:00 am

TUPE, Tenders & Pass-through ArrangementsThis session is aimed at guarantors (for example, Local Authorities, Academy Trusts), or contractors who are looking to bid for contracts with one of the aforementioned organisations. It will guide you through the regulations applicable to becoming an admission body, and WMPF's arrangements and requirements.Tuesday 12th July 2022, 10:00am
LGPS BasicsSuitable for Payroll/Pensions Administrators, HR Officers and anyone else who wants to learn more about the LGPS, this session will give you an overview of the scheme, outline employer roles and responsibilities in the scheme, and introduce you to our Employer Hub.Friday 24th June 2022, 10:00 am
All about Ill-Health RetirementsSuitable for HR Officers or senior management in all of our member organisations, this comprehensive session will guide you step-by-step through the ill health retirement process, from when your own internal management of attendance process concludes that a member is recommended to pursue retirement on the grounds of ill health.Monday 4th July 2022, 10:00 am
Understanding your Accounting Disclosure (FRS102) ReportThis session is aimed at School Bursars/Business Managers and will give a high-level overview of what your Accounting Disclosure Report contains. Please note that this is not an in-depth session and is unlikely to be suitable for Finance Directors/CFOs.Thursday 14th July 2022, 10:00 am
Estimates for Early Retirement CostsBefore you process any redundancy/business efficiency retirements, grant flexible retirements, or waive any actuarial reductions for members, we advise that an estimate is run through Employer Hub to establish any potential costs to the employer. This session will show you how to do just that.Friday 15th July 2022, 10:00 am
Assumed Pensionable PayAssumed pensionable pay (APP) is a notional pay figure that is used to ensure that a member's pension is not affected by any reduction to, or suspension of, their pensionable pay due to a period of sickness or injury, or any reduction due to relevant child related leave or reserve forces leave. This session will teach you how to calculate APP and when to apply APP. This session is strongly recommended for payroll and pensions administrators within all of our scheme employers.Friday 17th June 2022, 10:00 am
Pensions Administration Strategy; Employer ResponsibilitiesLegislation dictates minimum standards that pension schemes should meet in providing certain pieces of information to the various parties associated with the LGPS. In addition, regulatory guidance sets out a number of requirements for the Fund and scheme employers to provide information to each other, scheme members and prospective scheme members, dependents, other pension arrangements or other regulatory bodies. This session will set out what those expectations are, and will tell you how to meet them.More dates coming soon
New Academies in WMPFThis session is ideal for maintained schools that are due to convert to an academy,  or academy trusts that are due to take on a new academy converter or sponsored academy. We will guide you through WMPF's administrative requirements of conversion, and budgetary considerations that will need to be taken into account, including an explanation of primary and secondary contribution rates. Academies that are changing trusts may also find this session beneficial.More dates coming soon
Employer DiscretionsThe Local Government Pension Scheme regulations require employers who participate in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) to draw up and publish a discretions policy and to keep it under review. Discretions are powers that enable employers to choose how to apply the scheme in respect of certain provisions. There are a number of discretions that employers may have a policy in relation to; five of which are mandatory. This session will give employers an overview about the discretions that should be included in a policy and give you the information that you need to help you formulate your own organisational discretionary policy.More dates coming soon
Completing and Submitting your Final StatementAs part of the Year End process the Fund requires completion of the Final Statement as an annual certification of the contributions paid to the Fund by your organisation. This short session will guide you through the requirements for its completion and submission.March/April 2023

*WMPF reserve the right to cancel webinars where uptake is low. If it becomes necessary to cancel a webinar we will endeavour to offer alternative dates, where available*

 

We also offer bespoke training sessions to employers if they have a number of staff that require training in any particular area (not necessarily one of those listed below). Please let us know on the email address below if this would be of interest to you.

If you are unsure which sessions would be suitable for you please call us on 0300 111 6516 or email WMPFEmployerLiaison2@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

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