A firefighter who has sufficient service to qualify for a pension and who at any age is dismissed because of permanent disablement for the performance of the duties of his/her role, may be considered for an ill-health pension. There are two tiers of award:
- a lower tier pension based on the basic formula, i.e. 1/60 x pensionable service x final pensionable pay.
- a higher tier pension based on the basic formula plus an
enhancement of service, i.e. 2% x service accrued to last day of service x prospective service to age 60
The higher tier pension is awarded only where the firefighter has at
least 5 years’ qualifying service and is unable to undertake any other regular employment. It must not be greater than 40/60 x final pensionable pay.
A firefighter aged 50 who has completed 12 years’ service and whose final pensionable pay is £30,000 retires on grounds of ill-health with a lower tier pension. He would receive an immediate payment of a pension of:-
12/60 x £30,000 = £6,000 a year
If, instead, a higher tier pension were awarded, the enhancement of service would be:-
2% x 12 x 10 = 2.4 years
and so, in addition to a sum equivalent to the lower tier pension of £6,000, the firefighter would receive 2.4/60 x £30,000 = £1,200, making a total of £7,200 a year.
Part of a lower tier ill-health pension can be commuted to provide a