Welcome to the pension website for serving and former firefighters. This site is a hub of pension information which will hopefully serve you well during your career and in your retirement.
More information about how you can help protect yourself can be found under the 'Transferring' section in the menu above.
|Kier is one of the UK's largest providers of outsourced professional and support services to local authorities. We also support other public bodies, including the police and fire and rescue services through long-term strategic transformational partnerships.|
|Kier administers pensions for a range of public sectors and selected private sector schemes.|
|Predominantly focusing on the public sector schemes, Kier administers for over 210,000 scheme members right across the country. Including 24 different clients and over 200 individual employers.|
|Further information about Kier and its corporate strategy, markets and financial performance can be found by visiting our website|
Annual Benefit Statements – Deferred members
If you believe that you are entitled to a payment under this review and have not received this yet, get in touch with us by calling 01642 727040 or send an e-mail to us using email@example.com.
Please could you have a read of the briefing note below to ensure you meet the criteria before getting in touch. If you are not sure, please let us know.
Update on Firefighters who joined FPS 1992 aged 18 – 20 with over 30 years’ service (12th December 2016)
If you are a serving firefighter identified with 30+ years’ membership (and are under age 50), your Fire & Rescue Authority should have already stopped your contributions (around October-time), following the effective legislation coming into force 30 September.
Firefighters (and former firefighters) entitled to a refund will be contacted directly by their Authority. Payment is expected to be made by 31 March 2017 (in most cases). If you have any questions about any aspect of this exercise, please contact your Fire & Rescue Authority (or former Authority).
Firefighters who joined FPS 1992 aged 18 – 20 with over 30 years’ service
In December 2015, Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) confirmed that the Secretary of State agreed to allow members younger than 50, who have accrued 30 years’ service, to take a contributions holiday from the time they attain 30 years’ reckonable service until they reach age 50. Where an affected firefighter continues to serve after their 50th birthday, they will need to resume the payment of contributions.
DCLGs confirmed that the FPS 1992 scheme will be amended to give effect of these changes, and will apply retrospectively from 1 December 2006.
Nothing further has been publicised since December 2015, but affected firefighters will be contacted once agreement on the process has been reached.
Scheme Regulations and Guides Published
The Firefighters' Pension Scheme (England) Regulations 2014 were laid before parliament in October 2014, and came into effect 1/4/2015.
If you would like to see the regulations, these can be found at the site below:
The Guide can be found within 'Scheme Guides & Forms' section of our 2015 Scheme area.
|Further information can be found by clicking on the links below:
|Contact Kier Pensions Unit|
|The schemes are administered by Kier from our offices in the North East of England.
Post : Kier Pensions Unit
PO Box 485
|Office opening hours are :|
|Monday to Thursday from 8.30am to 5.00pm|
|& Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm|
|Telephone : (01642) 727333|
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Thinking of transferring out of the Firefighters' Pension Scheme?
Kier has been dealing with transfers in and out of the Firefighters' Pension Schemes for many years.
It has become very apparent where transfers are concerned, that some companies are taking advantage of individuals, particularly those who are keen to access their accrued pension benefits sooner than their scheme allows. This is known as ‘Pensions Liberation’, another term for it could be con-artists.
The Pensions Regulator and Kier are extremely keen to avoid members being duped into making decisions about transferring their benefits which can ultimately cost tens of thousands of pounds and cause huge financial problems for scheme members, many having spent the majority of their lives building up these benefits.
All of the firefighters' pension schemes are extremely comprehensive, insofar as they provide lifelong benefits for you and for your family. They pay pensions that are index-linked, ensuring they maintain their purchasing power over the years and are absolutely guaranteed to continue to be paid regardless of the performance of the marketplace, the solvency of your former employer or any other inherent risks associated with the payment of pensions.
By transferring to another company, you do not have this peace of mind.
It has been known for people to transfer benefits to pension companies who on the face of it, seem completely legitimate. There will generally be a promise of quick early release of cash with the rest to follow (there are various ways that this cash is promised to you). What generally isn't made clear by these companies is the following:
Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. We would always advise scheme members to take independent financial advice prior to transferring out to a pension scheme.
We do appreciate that there can be a need for instant access to cash. Please consider the many alternatives available to you and avoid the problems that pensions liberation can cause.
Please read through the documents below, these have been prepared by the Pensions Regulator to advise of the pitfalls of transferring to these companies. Here you will see some real life examples of the working of these unscrupulous companies, and may make you think twice about transferring your guaranteed retirement income to a potential scammer.