Latest News/Legislation changes for Firefighter Pension Schemes

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1.  STATE PENSION REFORMS 2016 / THE END OF ‘CONTRACTING OUT’

Cessation of “contracting out” of the Additional State Pension 

You may be aware that from 6 April 2016 a new ‘single-tier’ State pension will be introduced.  This will replace the existing Basic State Pension and Additional State Pension.

What does this mean for members of the Firefighters Pension Schemes?

Under the existing arrangements, members of the Firefighters pension schemes are contracted-out of the Additional State Pension and in return pay lower National Insurance contributions. The changes mean that from 6 April 2016, the firefighters pension schemes will no longer be contracted-out of the Additional State Pension.

These changes will not affect your accrued benefits in the firefighter pension schemes, or the benefits you build up in the future.

What does this mean for my state pension?

Further information about the new State Pension, including changes to National Insurance arrangements for members of public sector schemes like the firefighters pension schemes, can be found at the links below.

https://www.gov.uk/browse/working/state-pension

https://www.gov.uk/new-state-pension

DWP has produced a State Pension Toolkit which you may find useful and a Public Sector factsheet.

 

 

2.  FIREFIGHTERS PENSION SCHEME (CARE) 2015 – FPS 2015  – PLEASE SEE SEPARATE TAB TO LEFT

 

3.  COMMUTATION – Pensions Ombudsman Milne V GAD

The Pensions Ombudsman has published his determination in a case concerning the lump sum paid to a firefighter on his retirement. The case will have relevance to many firefighters and police officers who retired in the early 2000s.

Please note that it is still early days and the outcome of this recommendation is still under review. We are expecting to receive more information on this over the next 6 months and when we do we will then contact any members that maybe effected.

The bulletin explaining this and implications in more detail can be found here

6th August 2015

Determination in Milne v GAD Q&A

Timetable

The Government appreciates that it will take time to process the necessary calculations, particularly given that some administrators will need to assess hundreds of cases and in the light of other demands. Clearly, however, there is a need to ensure that those individuals affected by the principles of this case, receive redress as soon as possible. The Government therefore expects that administrators will have completed the majority of calculations by December 2015 and will have made the majority of payments by April 2016.

Ombudsman – FAQs

England Admin pro-forma – Final Version 31 July 2015

17/11/15

On Monday 16th November, all pensions administrators received a letter from the Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG) confirming the following:

‘Following careful consideration of the issue of the discharge notice, the Government has decided that, given the particular circumstances of this case, the use of discharge notices is not required in relation to these payments. Therefore, payments can now be made to the individuals affected in line with the guidance provided by GAD. I would like to thank you for your patience whilst we considered a complex set of issues that have unfortunately taken longer than expected to resolve.’

Therefore, Peninsula Pensions will shortly be advising both individuals, and the Finance Team at Service Headquarters, of the amount of payment due.  The majority of payments will be made on around Friday 4th December 2015.

4.  MODIFIED RETAINED SCHEME (RDS SETTLEMENT)

NB:  The period to make your decision with regards to joining this scheme, (where eligible), ends on 31st March 2015

RETAINED FIREFIGHTERS’ PENSION SETTLEMENT & CONSULTATION

Modified New Firefighter Pension Scheme (MNFPS)

TAX AND NI GUIDANCE RDS

 

5.  FPS 1992 AND NFPS 2006

LEGISLATION CHANGES:  Statutory Instruments 2013:

FPS 1992 (1992 SI 2013 no. 1392) & NFPS 2006 (2006 NFPS SI 2013 no. 1393)