Added years

New Firefighters' Pension Scheme 2006

What are added years?

Added years are a way to increase your benefits in the New Firefighters' Pension Scheme by paying extra contributions. An election to pay added years can be made at any time up to two years before normal retirement age.

How much do they cost?

Contributions are a percentage of your pay, determined by the Government Actuary. How much you pay depends on how old you are when you begin paying added years, and on how many years you buy.

Contributions would normally be deducted from your pay each month. You can choose to pay a lump sum if you are within your first year of joining the NFPS.

These tables show the percentage of your pay needed to purchase one year.

Government Actuary's Department – purchase of increased benefits

How can I begin paying added years?

Write to us so we can send you more information and a contract to sign if you wish to go ahead.

What happens if I stop paying them early?

If you stop paying added years before retirement age you will be credited with the proportion of the added years you have paid for.