Welcome to the Firefighters’ Pension Schemes Regulations and Guidance website.

The site has been developed to hold all resources relating to the administration of the Firefighters’ Pension Schemes and provide Fire & Rescue Authorities and administrators with tools and guidance to provide an efficient and effective service to their members.

Details of events relevant to the Firefighters’ Pension Schemes can be found on the Events page. A calendar of forthcoming diary dates is also included in our monthly FPS bulletins from January 2018 onwards.

For more information about governance of the schemes and the work of the Scheme Advisory Board, please visit our dedicated Board website.

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Latest news

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 an open letter from the Board to HMT on remedy issues affecting the FPS.

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.

Finally, Joanne Livingstone is hosting a virtual SAB update event on 20 May 2021. More information can be found in the bulletin – all welcome!

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 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 Consultation Response and Update: written statement HCWS757 (HTML)

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 our 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.