Information for members of the LGPS and those with police, firefighter, teacher and NHS pensions
Last updated:
16 January 2017

What will the scheme provide?

How the New Firefighters' Pension Scheme 2006 (NFPS 2006) can benefit you.

On 6 April 2015, the NFPS 2006 closed to new entrants. So, current active members will be those who:

  • were operational firefighters
  • joined the NFPS 2006 before 6 April 2015
  • have not opted out of the NFPS 2006
  • have not had any subsequent break in continuity of employment
  • have full or tapered protection.

If you work for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Authority, but you are not an operational firefighter, you will be eligible to join the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). If you are a firefighter and the conditions above do not apply to you, you may be eligible to join either the If you are a firefighter and the above conditions do not apply to you, you may be eligible to join either the 2015Modified 2006 or 1992 Firefighters’ Pension Schemes.

The NFPS 2006 is a final salary scheme which links the build-up of your pension to the earnings you receive in your final year of membership. You will automatically join the NFPS 2006 if you transfer from another fire and rescue authority and you were a member of the NFPS 2006 in that employment.

Additionally, you will also automatically join the NFPS 2006 if you transfer from another public service pension scheme (PSPS) and you were treated as having tapered or full protection in that scheme and you meet the conditions for full or tapered protection in the NFPS 2006.

You will be treated as a fully protected member of the NFPS 2006 if, as at 1 April 2012 you were:

  • an active member of your PSPS
  • aged 50 or over.

Fully protected members remain in the NFPS 2006 until their retirement.

You will be treated as a tapered protection member of the NFPS 2006 if, as at 1 April 2012 you were:

  • an active member of your PSPS
  • between the age of 46 and 50.

Your tapered protection date is personal to you and at your taper date, you will move across to the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme 2015 (FPS 2015).

The NFPS 2006 pension you build up would not transfer with you and would remain fully protected in the NFPS 2006. If your taper protection date falls after you choose to retire, you will not move across to the FPS 2015.

What the scheme offers

Being a member of the New Firefighters’ Pension Scheme 2006 (NFPS 2006) offers you:

  • a low-cost and tax-efficient way to save for your retirement
  • contributions from your employer
  • the option to pay additional contributions towards your pension
  • a secure inflation-proofed pension when you retire, with the potential for a tax-free lump sum
  • life cover that pays a lump sum should you die whilst an active member and income protection for your dependants
  • the option to retire earlier than the normal pension age of 60 if:
    • you have to retire on the grounds of permanent disablement
    • you choose to take early retirement or partial retirement
    • you are given employer initiated early retirement.

You can also keep track of your pension and find out how much you might get when you retire by viewing your personal account online.

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