2006 Scheme FAQs

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Frequently asked questions

You are able to give up a ¼ of your pension for a lump sum For each £1 of pension you give up you would receive a lump sum of £12.

The 2006 scheme pays dependents benefits to spouse’s, civil partners and also cohabiting partners who meet certain criteria.

An amount which is three times your pensionable pay will be paid  as a death grant in accordance with your nominated beneficiary or beneficiaries request.  An ongoing pension is provided for your spouse, registered civil partner or, subject to certain qualifying conditions, eligible cohabiting partner and eligible children.

An ongoing pension is provided for your spouse, registered civil partner or, subject to certain qualifying conditions, eligible cohabiting partner and eligible children.

If you have been on pension for less than 5 years a death grant payment will be payable equal to five times your annual pension, minus the pension already paid since you retirement. An ongoing pension is provided for your spouse, registered civil partner or, subject to certain qualifying conditions, eligible cohabiting partner and eligible children.

Your Annual Benefit Statement, otherwise known as your ABS, shows you the pension benefits you’ve built up to date. It also shows the amount that’s payable as a death grant, as well as the current amount in your survivors’ pension. This is the ongoing pension that will be provided for your spouse, registered civil partner or, subject to certain qualifying conditions, eligible cohabiting partner. For more information about the ABS, please visit: Reports & Statements, Annual Benefit Statement

If you have left employment with the Firefighting Force you may be able to transfer your benefits to another pension scheme which satisfies certain requirements. An essential requirement is that the scheme must be a UK tax registered pension scheme and must not provide ‘flexible benefits’. Generally, a ‘flexible benefit’ is a pension benefit which is calculated by reference to an amount of money such as money purchase or cash balance benefits.

If you wish to opt out of the scheme please complete the opt out form and send to your Employer/Payroll department, who will cease your deductions and inform us accordingly.

If you wish to opt into the scheme please complete the opt in form and send onto your Employer/Payroll department, who will bring you into the scheme and forward your details to us. Should you elect to re-join the scheme you should note you will be opting in to the current active scheme as at the date you re-join. General Pensions Information, Transfer In

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