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

How much do I pay in?

Your FPS 2015 contributions, including those during and periods of absence.

1 How your contributions are calculated

Your contributions are assessed on the pensionable pay you receive, including all permanent emoluments determined by the firefighter’s role or, in the case of a Chief Fire Officer and/or their assistants, the salary appropriate to the overall responsibilities of the post. It will also include any retaining allowance paid to a member on a retained duty contract.

Contribution rates for 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017

Your pensionable payYour contribution rate
Up to £27,270 10.0%
£27,271 to £50,500 12.5%
£50,501 to £142,500 13.5%
£142,501 or more 14.5%

The contribution rate you will pay is determined when you join the scheme and then at the start of each following scheme year (1 April). In determining the band you fall into it is the pay that a whole-time firefighter would receive for the role you hold that is used rather than your actual pensionable pay.

Although your contribution rate would be determined by reference to the whole-time equivalent pay, if you are a part-time, retained or volunteer firefighter, the contribution rate will be applied to the actual pensionable pay you receive. The contribution bands are due to change and are set for the next two years as illustrated below:

Contribution rates for 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018

Your pensionable payYour contribution rate
Up to £27,543 10.5%
£27,544 to £51,005 12.7%
£21,636 to £30,909 10.4%
£51,006 to £142,500 13.5%
£142,501 or more 14.5%

Contribution rates from April 2018

Your pensionable payYour contribution rate
Up to £27,818 11.0%
£27,819 to £51,515 12.9%
£51,516 to £142,500 13.5%
£142,501 or more 14.5%

2 Contributions during periods of absence

The contribution you pay would depend on the reason for your absence:

Illness or injury leave

Contributions will be taken from the pensionable pay you actually receive. Where you do not receive any pensionable pay you will not build any pension unless you elect to pay the pension contributions for this period of leave. The contributions due will buy back the pension lost and will be based on the pensionable pay you received immediately before your pensionable pay stopped. You will also be required to pay the employer contribution due.

Child-related leave

Contributions will be taken from the pensionable pay you actually receive. Where you do not receive any pensionable pay after the first 26 weeks of your leave, you will not build any pension unless you elect to pay the pension contributions for this period of leave. The contributions due will buy back the pensionable service lost and will be based on assumed pensionable pay.

Unpaid leave

You will not pay contributions and you will not build any pension unless you elect to pay the pension contributions for this period of leave. The contributions due will buy back the pension lost and will be based on assumed pensionable pay. You will also be required to pay the employer contribution due.

Trade dispute

You will not pay contributions and you will not build any earned pension unless you elect to pay the pension contributions for this period of leave The contributions due will buy back the pension lost and will be based on assumed pensionable pay. You will also be required to pay the employer contribution due.

Reserve Forces leave

You will pay contributions based on your assumed pensionable pay.

3 How your pensionable pay is calculated

Contributions, pensions and certain other benefits are based on ‘pensionable pay’ and ‘assumed pensionable pay’.

The items treated as pensionable are:

  • pay received for the performance of the duties of your role, except for any allowances or emoluments paid on a temporary basis
  • your permanent emoluments (including, in the case of a retained firefighter, any retaining allowance)
  • the amount forgone if you have agreed to surrender the right to receive part of your pensionable pay in exchange for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Authority providing a non-cash benefit (this is sometimes referred to as salary sacrifice)
  • the amount paid for continued professional development.

If your pensionable pay is reduced or ceases we may use assumed pensionable pay in certain circumstances to calculate the contributions you are due to pay or the pension you are entitled to count. Assumed pensionable pay is roughly equal to the pensionable pay that you would have received if those circumstances had not applied.

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