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The New Firefighters’ Pension Scheme Order (Northern Ireland) 2007

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Pension on member-initiated early retirement

15.—(1) This article applies to a firefighter member who—

(a)satisfies an eligibility condition; and

(b)before reaching normal benefit age is awarded a deferred pension.

(2) A person to whom this article applies may, on or after his 55th birthday, by notice in writing to the Board request early payment of his deferred pension.

(3) The Board may refuse a request under paragraph (2) if the rate of the pension (after the actuarial reduction mentioned in paragraph (4)(b) or, as the case may be, paragraph (5)(b)), is likely to be less than the guaranteed minimum pension that would be payable from state pensionable age.

(4) A deferred pension paid before normal benefit age to a firefighter member whose service is as a regular firefighter shall be calculated by—

(a)multiplying his pensionable service by his final pensionable pay and dividing the resultant amount by 60; and

(b)applying to the amount ascertained in accordance with sub-paragraph (a) the appropriate actuarial reduction factor notified by the Scheme Actuary.

(5) A deferred pension paid before normal benefit age to a firefighter member whose service is as a retained or volunteer firefighter shall be calculated by—

(a)multiplying his pensionable retained service by his final pensionable pay as in article 62(6) and dividing the resultant amount by 60; and

(b)applying to the amount ascertained in accordance with sub-paragraph (a) the appropriate actuarial reduction factor notified by the Scheme Actuary.

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