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(1)Subject to the provisions of section twenty-seven of the M1Fire Services Act 1947, the Firemen’s Pension Scheme may provide that in relation to persons of such classes as may be prescribed by the Scheme, being persons to whom awards may be made thereunder in respect of any employment, the provisions of the Scheme shall have effect to the exclusion of any provision for pension, allowance or gratuity in respect of that employment contained in or in force under any other enactment.
(2)Subsection (1) of the said section twenty-seven (which excludes statutory pension schemes other than the Firemen’s Pension Scheme in the case of any employment as a member of a fire brigade maintained in pursuance of that Act) shall cease to have effect on the date on which the first provision included in the said Scheme in pursuance of this section takes effect; and in relation to any period before that date the said subsection (1) shall apply, and shall be deemed always to have applied, only to persons being firemen as defined by the Firemen’s Pension Scheme as originally made, or required to be treated thereunder as if they were firemen as so defined.
(3)Where by virtue of subsection (2) of this section any person would be liable to pay contributions under or by virtue of any enactment other than the Firemen’s Pension Scheme in respect of any such period as is mentioned in that subsection, he may, by notice in writing given within three months after the expiration of that period to the authority to whom those contributions would be so payable, elect that the said section twenty-seven shall apply in his case in relation to that period as originally enacted and not as amended by the said subsection (2).
[F1(4)Nothing in subsection (1) of this section shall affect the operation of the enactments relating to . . . F2 social security, but the Firemen’s Pension Scheme may provide for the reduction or withholding of awards under the scheme where, in respect of the same matters, benefit is payable under those enactments and awards may be made under the Scheme.]
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