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Firefighters Pension

Firefighters Pension

Firefighters' Pension Scheme 2015 (England)

Membership of FPS 2015 is open to any person taking up employment as a firefighter with a fire and rescue authority on or after 1 April 2015 on terms under which he or she is, or may be, required to engage in firefighting, and whose role includes resolving operational incidents, or leading and supporting others in the resolution of such incidents. Enrolment into the Scheme is automatic on appointment.

It does not matter what duty system Firefighters are contracted to work it can be a whole-time or part-time regular firefighter or a retained duty system firefighter.  If at a later time, they are moved to a firefighting role that does not include resolution of operational incidents, they can remain a Scheme member provided there is continuity of service.

Firefighters serving before 1 April 2015 and members of FPS 1992 or FPS 2006, will have been transferred compulsorily to FPS 2015 on 1 April 2015 unless on 1 April 2012 they were:

  • a. a member of FPS 1992 and within 10 years of the FPS 1992 normal pension age (55),
  • b. a member of FPS 2006 and within 10 years of the FPS 2006 normal retirement age (60), or
  • c. a member of FPS 1992 or FPS 2006 and covered by "tapered protection" rules.

Those in categories (a) and (b) above can remain a member of their current Scheme until retirement; those in category (c) can remain a member of their current Scheme until they reach the date at which their tapered protection ends.

Those who are compulsorily transferred from an earlier Scheme, whether at 1 April 2015, or at a later date under tapered protection rules, are considered eligible to be members of FPS 2015 even if they no longer satisfy the operational requirements set out above, provided that there is continuity of service.

Firefighter members of FPS 1992 or FPS 2006 who choose to opt out of their current Scheme can join FPS 2015 if they meet the operational and legal requirements for admission.

Guides

Current 2015 scheme members guides

1992 scheme members guides

2006 scheme member guides

Retained Duty System (RDS) Modified Scheme

News

Annual allowance and lifetime allowance

HM Revenue and Customs impose two controls on the amount of pension savings you can make without having to pay extra tax.  These controls are known as the Annual Allowance and Lifetime Allowance. More information about this is now available below.  Lifetime Allowance Fire Fighters – Fact Sheet and Annual Allowance Fire Fighters – Fact Sheet 

Commutation of pension to lump sum – ombudsman decision

We note the determination of the Pensions Ombudsman in the case of Mr Milne v The Government Actuaries Department, ref PO-1327 and we are waiting on further advice from DCLG. Further information about this can be found in the document below. If you feel you are affected by this case, please contact Pension Services. Contact details can be found on the right hand side of this webpage.

Pension Ombudsman FAQs (PDF, 122.93 KB)

Changes to the state pension scheme

Please find attached newsletter regarding End of Contracting Out with effect from 5th April 2016

Newsletters

Forms

If you're thinking of opting out of the Firefighters Pension Schemes, make sure you read the notes on opting out which apply to your scheme before filling in the opt out form

Annual Benefit Statement 2019

Please find  notes to accompany this years Annual Benefit Statement. 

ABS notes for actives

Accompanying Firefighter ABS notes 

Deferred Benefits Statements 2019

Please find  notes to accompany this years Deferred Benefit Statements

Guidance notes for 1992 and 2006 and modified deferred

Guidance notes for 2015 scheme deferred

WFRS Pension Board

In accordance with the Public Service Pensions Act 2013, a Pensions Board was established from 1 April 2015.  The Pensions Board has responsibility for assisting Warwickshire Pension Fund as the Funds Scheme Manager in relation to the following matters:

  • Securing compliance with the scheme regulations and other legislation relating to the governance and administration of the scheme and any statutory pension scheme that is connected with it

  • Securing compliance with requirements imposed in relation to the scheme and any connected scheme by the Pensions Regulator

  • Such other matters as the scheme regulations may specify.

Chair

Keith Bray

Employee Rep

Paul Morley – FOA (Fire Officer’s Association) paulmorley@warwickshire.gov.uk

Anthony Morgan – RFU (Retained Fire Union) anthony.morgan@therfu.org

Marcus Giles - FBU (Fire Brigades Union) marcus.giles@fbu.org.uk

Employer Rep

Katie Brown - HR Manager katiebrown@warwickshire.gov.uk

Dawn Suckling - Finance Manager dawnsuckling@warwickshire.gov.uk 

 

Barnaby Briggs - Deputy Chief Fire Officer barnabybriggs@warwickshire.gov.uk