Firefighters' pension scheme news

April 2017

2017 revaluation order – Average weekly earnings

The revaluation order as published by the Treasury under footnote 18 of the 2014 regulations has been confirmed by the Treasury in a statement by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury as being 2.6% for the 2015 Firefighters Pension Scheme. The Statutory Instrument has yet to be laid in Parliament.

Public Service Pension Indexation and Revaluation 2017: Written statement

December 2015

Pension Ombudsman Ruling – updated

The Pensions Ombudsman's determination of 13 May 2015 in the case of GAD v Milne has meant that for members who retired between 1 December 2001 (1 December 2004 for females) and 21 August 2006, commutation redress payments have been made.

At the present time we have no information or direction from the Department of Communities and Local Government with regard to any member that may have retired before these dates and we are unable to say if or when such information might be available. If information is received that affects members who retired before these dates, then we will contact you at that time. You do not need to register your interest with the Hampshire Pension Fund, but you may wish to do so with either the Fire Brigade Union or the National Association of Retired Fire-Fighters.

Pension Ombudsman Ruling – updated

August 2015

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

Pay policy – staff salaries

October 2014

Consultation on proposals for new governance arrangements

To find out more and respond to the consultation, visit the GOV.UK website. The consultation closes on 21 November 2014.

May 2014

Retained firefighters' pensions settlement

If you have had retained service with an English Fire and Rescue Authority during the period 1 July 2000 and 5 April 2006 inclusive, you may be affected by the recent changes to allow you to join the new modified pension arrangement.

Your Fire and Rescue Authority should contact you if you are affected. Contact Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service on 02380 644000 if you have any queries about the changes.

October 2013

Options exercise – buying back eligible service

A change to the NFPS, expected to come into effect in December 2013, will allow eligible retained firefighters to buy back eligible service. This may affect you if you served from 2000 to 2006. See the Retained firefighters page.

April 2013

Increases to employee contributions from April 2013

FPS (1992) regulations and NFPS (2006) regulations have been amended to reflect the increased contribution rates that apply from April 2013. To see responses to the consultation about the contribution rates, visit the GOV.UK website.

December 2012

Consultation on proposed increases to employee contributions from April 2013

To find out more and respond to the consultation, visit the visit the GOV.UK website. The consultation closes on 25 January 2013.

Amendments to the New Firefighters' Pension Scheme: Automatic Enrolment

The outcome of a consultation about amendments to the New Firefighters' Pension Scheme to meet Automatic Enrolment rules has been announced. You can find out more on the GOV.UK website.