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LGPS administering authorities involved in Engagement Report of LGPS Governance and Administration

FOI reference - FOI-4271
Date - 5 December 2019

Request

The names of the LGPS administering authorities you involved in your survey associated with the preparation of the recently published Engagement Report of LGPS Governance and Administration?

Response

I can confirm that we hold the information you have requested. However, we are unable to supply the information requested for the reason set out below.

Section 44(1)(a) – restricted information under s82 PA04

As we have been given strong powers to demand documents and other information from trustees, employers and others, those powers are also balanced by restrictions on how we disclose the information provided to us. The type of information you have requested would be 'restricted information'. Restricted information is defined at section 82(4) of the Pensions Act 2004 (PA04) as:

"...information obtained by the Regulator in the exercise of its functions which relates to the business or other affairs of any person". 

Under section 82(5) of the PA04 it is a criminal offence to disclose such information except as permitted under that Act.

Whilst the FoIA is based on the presumption of releasing information, section 44(1)(a) of the FoIA provides an absolute exemption to the requirement to disclose any information if its disclosure is prohibited by or under any enactment. In this case, section 82 of the PA04 prohibits disclosure and we are unable to disclose the requested information. This exemption is absolute and does not require a public interest assessment be undertaken.