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Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004

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34Pensions etc

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(1)The Secretary of State may by order bring into operation one or more schemes making provision for the payment of pensions, allowances and gratuities to or in respect of—

(a)persons who are or have been employed by a fire and rescue authority or by a Scottish fire authority;

(b)persons who die or have died while so employed.

(2)A scheme brought into operation under this section may in particular—

(a)provide for the classes of person in respect of whose service awards may be made;

(b)provide for treating employment that is not employment by a fire and rescue authority or by a Scottish fire authority as if it were such employment for any purpose of the scheme, to the extent specified in the scheme and subject to any conditions specified in the scheme;

(c)provide for the making of contributions by employers and by persons in respect of whose service awards may be made;

(d)provide for the repayment of any such contributions or their application for the benefit of persons of a specified description;

(e)provide for the making of payments by the Secretary of State, fire and rescue authorities and Scottish fire authorities into a fund to which contributions have been made under the scheme;

(f)provide for the making of payments to the Secretary of State out of a fund to which contributions have been made under the scheme;

(g)provide for substituting the Secretary of State for a fire and rescue authority or a Scottish fire authority, for any purpose of the scheme;

(h)provide for the making to a fire and rescue authority, a Scottish fire authority or the Secretary of State of payments in respect of a person’s previous service, including provision for such payments to be made by the Secretary of State;

(i)provide for any such payments to be reimbursed out of a fund to which contributions have been made in respect of the previous service to which the payments related;

(j)provide for the payment and receipt by fire and rescue authorities or Scottish fire authorities of transfer values or of other lump sum payments made for the purpose of creating or restoring rights to pensions, allowances and gratuities;

(k)provide for conditions subject to which an award under the scheme may be made, for the manner in which questions arising under the scheme are to be determined and for appeals from determinations of such questions;

(l)provide for excluding or modifying rights to compensation or damages in respect of injuries, in cases where awards are made under the scheme in respect of the injuries;

(m)make incidental, supplemental, consequential and transitional provision.

(3)An order under this section may take effect from a date which is earlier than that on which the order is made.

(4)An order under this section may vary or revoke a scheme brought into operation by an order under this section.

(5)Before making, varying or revoking an order under this section the Secretary of State must consult any persons he considers appropriate.

(6)A person commits an offence if he does an act or makes an omission as a result of which he is injured or becomes ill, for the purpose of obtaining, for himself or another person—

(a)an award under a scheme brought into operation under this section, or

(b)a sum in respect of the repayment or application of contributions made under such a scheme.

(7)A person guilty of an offence under subsection (6) is liable—

(a)on summary conviction—

(i)in England and Wales, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;

(ii)in Scotland, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years.

(8)A scheme brought into operation under this section may authorise the forfeiture of the whole or part of an award or sum obtained by a person who has been convicted of an offence under subsection (6).

(9)In relation to an offence under subsection (6) committed before the commencement of section 154(1) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (c. 44), the reference in subsection (7)(a) to 12 months is to be read as a reference to 3 months.

(10)In this section and section 35 “Scottish fire authority” means—

(a)a fire authority which is a council constituted under section 2 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 (c. 39), or

(b)a joint board constituted by virtue of section 36(4)(b) of the Fire Services Act 1947 (c. 41) or section 147(4) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (c. 65).

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