The Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (Amendment and Transitional Provisions) Order (Northern Ireland) 2019

Document Number:2019 No. 109
 
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Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

Fire And Rescue Services

Pensions

Made

16 th May 2019

Coming into operation

17 th June 2019

The Department of Health(1) , in exercise of the powers conferred on it by article 10(1) , (3) , (4) and (5) of the Fire Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1984(2) and now vested in it(3) and with the approval of the Department of Finance(4) in accordance with article 10(1) of that Order makes the following Order:

Citation, application and commencement

  1. —(1) This Order may be cited as the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (Amendment and Transitional Provisions) Order (Northern Ireland) 2019.

    (2) This Order comes into operation on 17 th June 2019 but article 2(2) has effect from 1 st December 2006.

    Amendment of the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme Order (Northern Ireland) 2007

  2. —(1) The Annex to the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme Order (Northern Ireland) 2007(5) is amended as follows.

    (2) In article 57 (pension contributions)(6)—

    (a) in paragraph (1) for “A regular firefighter shall” substitute “Subject to paragraph (1 A) to (1 C) , a regular firefighter shall”; and

    (b) after paragraph (1) insert—

    “(1 A) Paragraph (1) does not apply to a firefighter below the age of 50 who has reckoned 30 years or more pensionable service.

    (1 B) A firefighter who is—

    (a) below the age of 50 and has reckoned 30 years pensionable service; and

    (b) entitled to be credited with additional pension benefit under article 16 B or 16 C shall, until they attain the age of 50 , pay pension contributions to the Board only in relation to that additional pension benefit.

    (1 C) Contributions payable under paragraph (1 B) are payable—

    (a) at the rate of 11% in the period starting on 1 st December 2006 and ending on 31 st March 2012; and

    (b) on and after 1 st April 2012 at the rate specified in the Table in paragraph 3 of Part A1 of Schedule 7.”; and

    (c) for paragraph (5) , substitute—

    “(5) The annual contribution shall be such percentage of the Board’s estimate of the aggregate of the pensionable pay, for the year in respect of which the contribution is made, of those firefighters employed by the Board who are—

    (a) required by paragraph (1) to make pensions contributions in that year; and

    (b) below the age of 50 and have reckoned 30 years pensionable service,

    as shall have been notified to them for that year by the Department.”.

    (3) In paragraph (3) of article 90 (establishment, maintenance and operation of Firefighters’ Pension Fund) after sub-paragraph (e)...

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