Decision Maker: National Park Authority
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
To submit updated Employer discretions,
supported by the Flexible Retirement Policy, for approval
Members considered proposals on discretions the Authority would apply in cases of requests for retirement. The Finance Manager referred to a correction to the enclosure to the report at item 6 in the list of discretions where text from item 5 had been repeated. It should read “The Authority’s policy is to pay up to the statutory maximum number of weeks’ pay”.
A member highlighted the need for a policy statement as a point of reference when responding to requests for retirement, which would give staff confidence and ensure equal treatment. This point was supported by other members who saw the ‘case by case’ approach as unhelpful in terms of process. It was also felt that there should be a clear decision making process over and above the Corporate Governance Team, to avoid any conflict of interest. In response to questions the Finance Manager advised that the Authority’s Flexible Retirement Policy provided criteria for such decision making and the case by case approach allowed discretion to consider individual and personal factors. She advised that officers could review this.
A member felt that the pension scheme was a good one which obviated the need for exceptions, particularly given the potential term financial impact on the Authority.
There was support for a transparent process, avoiding the ‘exceptions’ rule in order to ensure a transparent and equitable process.
The Monitoring Officer advised that decisions in relation to requests for retirement were currently delegated to the Chief Executive in the Scheme of Delegation.
RESOLVED: That the Employer’s Discretions for the Pension Fund set out in Enclosure 1 be approved.
Report author: Elaine Standen
Publication date: 07/08/2020
Date of decision: 07/08/2020
Decided at meeting: 07/08/2020 - National Park Authority