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Welsh Statutory Instruments

2014 No. 522 (W. 63)

Fire And Rescue Services, Wales

Pensions, Wales

The Firefighters’ Pension (Wales) Scheme (Contributions) (Amendment) Order 2014

Made

4 March 2014

Laid before the National Assembly for Wales

7 March 2014

Coming into force

1 April 2014

The Welsh Ministers, in exercise of the power conferred upon the Secretary of State by section 26(1) of the Fire Services Act 1947(1) and now vested in them(2), make the following Order:

Title and commencement

1.—(1) The title of this Order is the Firefighters’ Pension (Wales) Scheme (Contributions) (Amendment) Order 2014.

(2) This Order comes into force on 1 April 2014.

Amendment of the Firemen’s Pension Scheme Order 1992

2.  Schedule 2 to the Firemen’s Pension Scheme Order 1992(3) (in which the Firefighter’s Pension (Wales) Scheme is set out), as it has effect in Wales, is amended in accordance with article 3 of this Order.

3.  For the Table in paragraph 3 of Part A1 of Schedule 8 substitute the following Table—

Pensionable PayContribution rate from 1 April 2014
Up to and including £15,00011.0%
More than £15,000 and up to and including £21,00012.2%
More than £21,000 and up to and including £30,00014.2%
More than £30,000 and up to and including £40,00014.7%
More than £40,000 and up to and including £50,00015.2%
More than £50,000 and up to and including £60,00015.5%
More than £60,000 and up to and including £100,00016.0%
More than £100,000 and up to and including £120,00016.5%
More than £120,00017.0%.

Lesley Griffiths

Minister for Local Government and Government Business, one of the Welsh Ministers

4 March 2014

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order amends the Firefighters’ Pension (Wales) Scheme (set out in Schedule 2 to the Firemen’s Pension Scheme Order 1992 (S.I. 1992/129)) (“the Scheme”) as it has effect in Wales.

The amendment provides different rates for pension contributions payable by members of the Scheme which increase according to the amount of pensionable pay which the member receives. The contribution rates are specified in the Table in paragraph 3 of Part A1 of Schedule 8 to the Scheme.

The Welsh Ministers’ Code of Practice on the carrying out of a Regulatory Impact Assessment was considered in relation to this Order. As a result, a regulatory impact assessment has been prepared as to the likely costs and benefits of complying with this Order. A copy can be obtained from the Fire and Armed Forces Branch, Welsh Government, Rhydycar, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 1UZ or by calling 0300 062 8221.

(1)

1947 c.41. Section 26 was repealed by section 52 of, and Schedule 2 to, the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 (c.21). Sub-sections (1) to (5) of section 26 continue to have effect, in relation to Wales, for the purposes of the scheme established under that section as the Firemen’s Pension Scheme and set out in the Firemen’s Pension Scheme Order 1992 (S.I. 1992/129), by virtue of article 3 of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 (Firefighters’ Pension Scheme) (Wales) Order 2004 (S.I. 2004/2918 (W.257)). Article 4 of that instrument changed the name of the Scheme to the Firefighters’ Pension (Wales) Scheme.

(2)

The Secretary of State’s functions under section 26 of the Fire Services Act 1947 were transferred to the National Assembly for Wales by the National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/672), in so far as they are exercisable in relation to Wales. The functions were subsequently transferred to the Welsh Ministers by virtue of paragraph 30 of Schedule 11 to the Government of Wales Act 2006 (c.32).

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