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The New Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2008

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9.  In Part 11 (pensionable pay, pension contributions and purchase of additional service)—

(a)in article 61 (pensionable pay)—

(i)in paragraph (1), for the words from “other than” to the end of sub-paragraph (a), substitute “except any allowance or emoluments paid to him on a temporary basis, other than payments in respect of his continual professional development (see article 17B), and”; and

(ii)in paragraph (5), for “December” (in both places), substitute “September”;

(b)in article 62 (final pensionable pay)—

(i)after paragraph (1) insert—

(1A) Where the pensionable pay received by a firefighter in respect of the 365 pensionable pay days referred to in paragraph (1) includes an amount in respect of his continual professional development (see article 17B), that amount shall be disregarded for the purpose of ascertaining his final pensionable pay.;

(ii)in paragraph (2)(a)(i), omit the words “(before changing roles and accepting a reduction in pensionable pay)”;

(iii)after paragraph (5) insert—

(5A) The final pensionable pay of a firefighter member who—

(a)Is entitled to a long service increment; and

(b)Retires after 30th September 2006 and before 1st October 2007, or becomes entitled to a deferred pension under article 13 within that period,

shall be calculated—

(i)As if his long service increment had accrued at the rate of £990 per annum (disregarding the reduction that had effect in relation to times on and after 1st October 2006), and

(ii)disregarding any LS-related payment.

(5B) The final pensionable pay of a firefighter member who—

(a)retires or becomes entitled to a deferred pension on or after 1st October 2007, and

(b)is entitled to additional pension benefit under article 17A (additional pensions benefit: long service),

shall be calculated taking into account whichever of the following paragraphs yields the greater amount—

(i)the calculation is made with regard to his long service increment and any LS-related payment, or

(ii)the calculation is made with regard to his long service increment and any LS-related payment, but without regard to the amount credited to him under Article 17A.

(5C) In paragraphs (5A) and (5B) “LS-related payment” means an interim or transitional payment connected with a firefighter member’s long service.;

(iv)for paragraph (6) substitute—

(6) The final pensionable pay of a retained or volunteer firefighter shall be determined by reference to the final pensionable pay of a regular firefighter employed in a similar role and with equivalent qualifying service.; and

(v)after paragraph (7) add—

(8) In paragraph (6) “role” in relation to a firefighter, means the role in which he is for the time being employed, being a role set out in “the Fire and Rescue Services Rolemaps” issued by the National Joint Council for Local Authority Fire and Rescue Services in August 2005.(1).

(c)in article 69 (periodical contributions in respect of unpaid service or absence), in paragraph (1)(a), for “article 68(1)” substitute “article 67(1)”.

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The document is accessible at http://ww.lge.gov.uk/conditions/firefighters/content/documents/fire service rolemaps.pdf

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