Welcome to the website for the Firefighters' Pensions (England) Scheme Advisory Board.
The site holds information about the work of the Board and its three committees, as well as useful information and resources for Local Pension Boards.
4 October 2021
FPS Bulletin 49 - September 2021 was published on 30 September.
This month brings readers a case study on two pension awards, information on the Second Reading of the PSP&JO Bill, and confirmation that the government is suspending the earnings element of the ‘triple lock’ for one year.
You can also find information about an exciting opportunity to join the LGA team.
1 September 2021
FPS Bulletin 48 - August 2021 was published yesterday.
This month’s issue contains several articles about the recently introduced Public Service Pensions & Judicial Offices Bill, and you can read the Scheme Advisory Board’s responses to HM Treasury’s consultations on scheme valuations.
We also bid a fond farewell to Clair Alcock as she leaves the team to join the National Police Chief's Council as Head of Pensions.
30 July 2021
FPS Bulletin 47 - July 2021 has been published today.
Highlights this month include the introduction of the Public Service Pensions & Judicial Offices Bill and the long-awaited release of a template administration strategy for the FPS. You can also read the results from the Pension Regulator’s most recent Governance and Administration Survey.
23 July 2021
On 19 July 2021, HM Treasury (HMT) introduced the Public Service Pensions & Judicial Offices Bill (PSP&JO Bill) to the House of Lords.
The PSP&JO Bill sets out in law how the government will remove the discrimination identified by the courts in the way that the 2015 reforms were introduced for some members (i.e. remedy).
This is the primary legislation which closes final salary schemes for accrual past 31 March 2022 and moves all remaining members into FPS 2015, while ensuring that existing transitional protections such as the final salary link and double accrual are retained. More information about how benefits are calculated as a transitional member of the FPS 2015 are available from the FPS 2015 transition members page of www.fpsmember.org, including details of how final salary accrual in the FPS 1992 is treated under the double accrual protection.
30 June 2021
FPS Bulletin 46 - June 2021 has been published today.
This month’s issue includes a reminder of the updated information provided by the Home Office and the LGA about immediate detriment cases, the findings from the Scheme Advisory Board’s request for information on Internal Dispute Resolution Procedures (IDRPs), and two new consultations from HM Treasury.
28 May 2021
FPS bulletin 45 - May 2021 has been published today.
Hot topics this month include the launch of the FPS Member website and the Scheme Advisory Board survey of FRA’s preparations for remedy. You can also read the open letter from the Board to HMT on remedy issues affecting the FPS.
25 May 2021
The Board has written an open letter to HMT about the specific policy issues listed below that will affect the application of the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (FPS).
- How to adjust contribution amendments for members of the FPS 2006
- How the policy decision for taper members will be applied to taper members who have passed their 30-year service date.
- Contingent decisions
The Board notes the publication of the Government response to the consultation confirming the decision to introduce retrospective remedy via Deferred Choice Underpin (DCU), and the decision to allow for implementation by October 2023, giving more time to bring in the significant processes that will be needed to implement DCU.
The Board’s response to the consultation dated 9 October gave their fuller views on the wider issues with regard to age discrimination.
30 April 2021
FPS bulletin 44 - April 2021 has been published today.
There is an important update this month about Annual Benefit Statements for 2021 and we are pleased to release a set of tools to assist with data collection for age discrimination remedy. FRAs should also note the request for IDRP data by 31 May 2021.
31 March 2021
FPS bulletin 43 - March 2021 has been published today.
This month’s issue contains updates on age discrimination and a reminder about submission of accounting data for the top-up grant. FRAs should note the Home Office deadline of 14 May for providing this information.
1 March 2021
FPS Bulletin 42 - February 2021 was published on 26 February.
There are a number of key updates this month in relation to age discrimination remedy and associated topics. We are also able to confirm that there are no changes to FPS contribution rates for 2021-22.
4 February 2021
On 4 February 2021 the government has published its consultation response on how it intends to remove the discrimination identified by the courts in the 2015 pension reforms through changes to primary legislation and Firefighters’ Pension Schemes regulations.
Public Service Pensions: Government response to consultation (PDF, 72 pages, 838kb)
Home Office public service pension schemes consultation response Fire FAQs (PDF, 10 pages, 164kb)
For further information, visit the FPS age discrimination remedy implementation page.
29 January 2021
FPS bulletin 41 - January 2021 has been published today.
Our first bulletin of 2021 includes an article on the Firefighters’ Compensation scheme and a statement from the Scheme Advisory Board on medical assessments.
We are also pleased to release the latest version of our TPR six key processes factsheet which has been updated to reflect the results from the Pensions Regulator’s most recent Governance and Administration survey.