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Fire Services: Retirement

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes have been made to provisions for ill-health retirement for firefighters since the Fire Service circular of September 2006. (187412)

No changes have been made to provisions in the Firefighters' Pension Scheme 1992.

The Firefighters' Pension Scheme (England) Order 2006 came into force on 25 January 2007 and gave effect to the New Firefighters' Pension Scheme 2006. Firefighters who have joined the Fire and Rescue Service in England on or after 6 April 2006 are members of this scheme unless they opt out. The ill-health retirement arrangements in this scheme are similar to those in the 1992 scheme and no changes have been made to them since it came into operation.