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Barnett Waddingham
0333 11 11 222
At Barnett Waddingham, we understand the challenges facing local authorities and other public sector organisations in managing your pension scheme commitments – complex legislation, the demand for better governance, and the pressure on costs and resources.

We can advise you on the full range of pension issues affecting public sector schemes and can help with all aspects of funding, including triennial valuations and advice on the impact of employers leaving and joining funds, as well as benefits consultancy advice, including services to support local pension boards.

We also provide detailed accounting information for employers participating in public sector schemes, and regularly consult on issues such as outsourcing arrangements, service reviews and policy implications.

Our dedicated team brings a wealth of public sector experience to the table. We understand the unique environment in which you operate and are well versed in the rigours of public sector procurement, providing clear and comprehensive information for a wide range of stakeholders.

An experienced partner will assemble a bespoke team, and remain personally involved at all levels of the work. And our full range of proprietary software and online tools means we have the flexibility to deliver unique insights tailored to your exact needs.

In the last eight years, Barnett Waddingham has more than doubled its market share of local authority pension fund clients. We are proud to work in partnership with a growing number of local authorities and other bodies participating in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) and other public sector schemes including police authorities, fire services, the NHS, Teachers and Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS), as well as charities, non-profit companies and other contractors across the public sector.

In particular, we have:
  • helped clients through triennial funding valuations over the last 20 years with all the challenges that have arisen
  • completed comprehensive employer covenant reviews for a number of clients as part of a programme to improve overall governance arrangements
  • prepared over 1,000 accounting disclosures each year for public service employers
  • helped many public sector employers manage their pension liabilities
  • provided support to pension committees and local pension boards

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Client survey
Client survey

Our latest Client survey results show that 100% of our clients rated the overall service we provide as good or excellent - read the full report to see how we performed in all other areas.

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