The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is a public body established by the Pensions Act 2004 to make sure that pension schemes within the UK are run properly and can provide secure benefits for their members upon retirement. TPR has powers to "educate, enable, and enforce", and is responsible for promoting good scheme administration. The Regulator is sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

TPR's oversight of public service pension schemes, including the Firefighters' Pension Schemes, was introduced by schedule 4 of the Public Service Pensions Act 2013.

While there are a wide range of resources available on the TPR website, we have highlighted some of the most relevant in the table below.

Anyone involved in the governance and administration of FPS can sign up to use the Public Service toolkit to learn about managing public service pension schemes and to increase their knowledge and understanding.

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Description

Date

An essential guide to issuing ABS (PDF, 18 pages, 121kb) An essential guide to issuing annual benefit statements. November 2018
ABS checklist (PDF, 2 pages, 30kb) Checklist: preparing annual benefit statements for public service pension schemes. November 2018
Key information to provide to members (PDF, 4 pages, 53kb) Further information about what to communicate to members including annual benefit statements, benefit statements on request and basic scheme information. November 2018
A quick guide to measuring your data (PDF, 3 pages, 418kb) A quick guide to what data needs to be measured, how to do it, and„ how to calculate common and key scheme-specific (conditional) data scores. July 2018
A quick guide to improving your data (PDF, 6 pages, 45kb) A quick guide to data review and improvement plans. September 2017
Scheme return bulletin (PDF, 7 pages, 124kb) A compliance and enforcement bulletin focusing on the importance of the annual scheme return. July 2017
A quick guide to record keeping (PDF, 4 pages, 85kb) A quick guide to why scheme record-keeping is so important and steps to take to make sure records are complete and accurate. November 2016
A quick guide to information that must be provided to TPR (PDF, 3 pages, 85kb) A quick guide outlining the kind of information that must be provided and why, as well as some best practice tips. June 2016
Compliance and enforcement policy (PDF, 23 pages, 136kb) TPR's policy on compliance and enforcement for public service pension schemes June 2015
Code of practice 14 (PDF, 67 pages, 410kb) Code of practice no. 14. Governance and administration of public service pension schemes. April 2015
The essential guide to the public service code (PDF, 8 pages, 46kb) A guide providing an overview of Code of practice 14 and where to find further information. January 2015
Regulatory strategy - public service pension schemes (PDF, 13 pages, 103kb) Strategy setting out TPR's approach to regulating public service pension schemes in line with statutory objectives. January 2015
A quick guide for public service pension board members (PDF, 4 pages, 63kb) A quick guide to the role of being a member of a public service pension board. July 2014
A quick guide to public service pension boards (PDF, 4 pages, 84kb) A quick guide to the role of the pension boards that oversee public service schemes. July 2014