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Firefighters' Pension Scheme (FPS)

Retained and Volunteer Firefighters, recruited before 6th April 2006 are not members of the FPS; they do not pay membership contributions nor have access to the full range of personal and death benefits which the Scheme offers to whole-time firefighters.  However, they are covered by certain provisions of the Scheme if they become permanently disabled or die as the result of an injury received in the course of firefighting duties. 

All retained and volunteer firefighters recruited on or after 6th April 2006 automatically have the right to membership of the NFPS (unless they opt otherwise). 

Retained or volunteer firefighters recruited before 6th April 2006 have the opportunity of joining the NFPS.

 

Firefighters' Consultations 2017

Draft regulations amending the Firefighters' Pension Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2015 and the Firefighters' Pension Scheme (Amendment and Transitional Provisions) (Scotland) Order 2016.

This consultation has now closed.

Consultation Document

The Firefighters Pension Scheme (Amendment and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2018

Printable Response Form 

 

If you have joined the firefighters' 2015 Pension Scheme within the last 12 months and wish to consider transferring previous pension rights from another provider you should complete a joiner questionnaire form in all instances

Should you require any further information please contact SPPA on (01896) 893 000, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

A transfer is subject to time limits and can only proceed when:

  • you have completed a transfer application form providing SPPA with full details of your previous pension provider
  • a transfer value from your previous pension provider has been obtained by SPPA
  • you have been notified by us of the membership that will buy you in the CARE scheme
  • you have made a written election within twelve months of joining te FPS 2015 to proceed with the transfer

Please note that transfers from occupational schemes on a non-club basis may still be possible after 12 months membership in our scheme. Please contact SPPA for further details.

Please be aware that SPPA cannot provide financial advice to you regarding whether or not to transfer your pension. If you require assistance please contact an independent financial advisor.

Retained Modified Pension Scheme

The Modified Pension Scheme was introduced on 1 April 2015 and brought in benefits for individuals that were employed as retained firefighters between 1 July 2000 and 5 April 2006. These benefits are the equivalent to those available to members of the  Firefighters' Pension Scheme 1992 who were employed as regular firefighters during the same period.

Eligible firefighters were entitled to purchase pension rights under the terms of the new pension arrangements. The scheme is known as the "modified scheme" as changes were made to the New Firefighters' Scheme 2006 (NFPS) to accommodate the provisions.

Membership was open to the following eligible individuals:

  • Current retained firefighters
  • Retained Firefighters who left the service
  • Retained Firefighters who left the service and in receipt of a pension; and
  • Retained Firefighters who left the service and in receipt of ill health retirement benefits

Following an options exercise undertaken by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, entry to this scheme closed on 30 September 2015.

The main terms of this scheme are:

  • A uniform accrual rate of 1/45th
  • A Normal Pension Age of 55 years
  • A deferred pension age of 60 years
  • Fixed commutation factors
  • The contribution rates mirror those applicable to the FPS 1992 in respect of both the period of service purchased and further accrual.
  • A death grant of 2 x pensionable pay
  • Ill health benefits in accordance with the terms of the NFPS 2006
  • Transfer of external pension benefits in accordance with the terms of the NFPS 2006.
 
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