Consultations relating to the Firefighters' Pension Schemes and wider public service pensions are held on this page.

On 21 July 2020 the government published its response to the consultation on regulations implementing a £95,000 cap on public sector exit payments. This document summarises the responses received and the subsequent changes made to the regulations.

Document Description Start date Closing date

TPR code of practice consultation (webpage)

The Pensions Regulator is consulting on the first phase of a new code consisting of 51 shorter, topic-based modules which replace 10 of the existing codes of practice and mainly deal with the governance and administration of pension schemes.

The new code has been designed to be a web-based product. An early version of the web-based code is available during the consultation. Views are also sought on the design, usability, and navigation of this version of the code.

17 March 2021

26 May 2021

HMT consultation response on GMP indexation (PDF, 32 pages, 322kb) 

On 23 March 2021 the government published its response to the consultation on indexation of Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP).

Having considered the responses, the government has decided to discount conversion as a long-term policy solution and make full GMP indexation the permanent solution for public service pension schemes. This approach will mean that public service pension schemes will be directed to provide full indexation to those public servants with a GMP reaching State Pension age beyond 5 April 2021.

   
Increasing the normal minimum pension age: consultation on implementation (PDF, 15 pages, 239kb)

The normal minimum pension age is the minimum age at which most pension savers can access their pensions without incurring an unauthorised payments tax charge (unless they are taking their pension due to ill-health). It is currently age 55. In this consultation, the government reconfirms its intention to legislate to increase the normal minimum pension age to age 57 on 6 April 2028.

The increase to age 57 will not apply to those who are members of the firefighters, police and armed forces public service pension schemes.

11 February 2021 22 April 2021

Public Service Pensions: Government response to consultation (PDF, 72 pages, 838kb)

Public Service Pensions leaflet (PDF, 3 pages, 120kb)

Public Service Pensions: Equality Impact Assessment (PDF, 53 pages, 555kb)

Update on the 2016 and 2020 valuations (HTML)

HMT response published 4 February 2021 on changes to the transitional arrangements of the 2015 Public Service Pension Schemes and an update on the 2016 and 2020 scheme valuations.

   
Consultation response on changes to the transitional arrangements of the 2015 PSPS (PDF, 23 pages, 285kb) LGA response to the HMT consultation on changes to the transitional arrangements of the 2015 Public Service Pension Schemes - submitted 9 October 2020.    

HMT Public Service Pensions: GMP indexation consultation: Proposal to extend full indexation (PDF, 37 pages, 431kb)

Written Ministerial Statement HCWS495 7 October 2020 (HTML)

On 6 April 2016, the government introduced the new State Pension which removed the mechanism that enabled public servants in "contracted-out" employment between 1978 – 1997 to have their Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP) fully price protected. An interim solution was introduced, which was later consulted on and extended until 5 April 2021.

The consultation considers the policy options available to the government to ensure it continues to meet past commitments to public service employees regarding the full indexation of public service pensions, including for any related GMP element.

7 October 2020 30 December 2020

HMT Pensions tax relief administration: call for evidence (PDF, 40 pages, 498kb)

Call for evidence - questions (PDF, 2 pages, 121kb)

This call for evidence was announced at Budget 2020.

The government is concerned about the potential for a low-earning individual’s take-home pay to be affected by the method of pensions tax relief operated by their pension scheme. The government is keen to explore this issue further to understand what deliverable options for change may exist. 

21 July 2020 13 October 2020
HMT consultation response on public sector exit payments (PDF, 18 pages, 216kb)  On 21 July 2020 the government published its response to the consultation on regulations implementing a £95,000 cap on public sector exit payments. This document summarises the responses received and the subsequent changes made to the regulations.     

HMT Public Service Pensions consultation (PDF, 74 pages, 851kb)

Public Service Pensions consultation - questions (PDF, 2 pages, 97.7kb)

Public Service Pensions leaflet (PDF, 3 pages, 63.1kb)

Public Service Pensions Equality Impact assessment (PDF, 38 pages, 378kb)

Update on Cost Control Element of the 2016 valuations (PDF, 2 pages, 95.8kb)

HMT consultation on changes to the transitional arrangements of the 2015 Public Service Pension Schemes and an update on the pause to the cost-cap process.

 

16 July 2020 11 October 2019
Consultation response on exit cap (PDF, 5 pages, 165kb) SAB response to HMT consultation on restricting exit payments in the public sector.

See also: LGA response (PDF, 43 pages, 736kb); FPS technical note (PDF, 7 pages, 264kb)

10 April 2019 3 July 2019

Home Office response to 2019 scheme amendments consultation (PDF, 7 pages, 152kb)

Policy Equality Statement dated 28 February 2019 (PDF, 5 pages, 155kb)

Home Office consultation response on amendments to benefits in the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme 1992 and the Firefighters’ Compensation Scheme 2006.

Accompanying Policy Equality Statement (PES).

   
Consultation response on 2019 scheme amendments (PDF, 11 pages, 445kb) LGA Firefighters’ Pension Adviser response to the Home Office consultation on 2019 amendments to the Firefighters’ Pension Schemes    
Home Office consultation on scheme amendments dated 18 December 2018 (PDF, 9 pages, 265kb); Draft SI (PDF, 4 pages, 245kb) Consultation on amendments to benefits in the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme 1992 and the Firefighters’ Compensation Scheme 2006 18 December 2018

29 January  2018

Consultation response on 2018 scheme amendments (PDF, 10 pages, 530kb) LGA Firefighters’ Pension Adviser response to the Home Office consultation on 2018 amendments to the Firefighters’ Pension Schemes    
Home Office consultation on scheme amendments dated 16 April 2018 (PDF, 10 pages, 163kb); Draft SI (PDF, 20 pages, 286kb) Consultation on amendments to survivors’ benefits in the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme 2006 and various amendments to the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme 1992, the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme 2006 and the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme 2015 16 April 2018 14 May 2018
Consultation response dated 20 February 2017 (PDF, 6 pages, 205kb) Response to the consultation on indexation and equalisation of GMP in public service pension schemes. 28 November 2016  20 February 2017
Home Office consultation on scheme amendments dated 18 March 2016 (HTML)  Consultation and subsequent response on retention of survivor benefits on re-marriage where a firefighter has died in the line of duty, in line with the Budget 2015 [para 2.17], and minor technical amendments to FPS 2015. 18 March 2016 13 May 2016
Basis for setting the discount rates for calculating cash equivalent transfer values payable by public service pension schemes - March 2016 (PDF, 3 pages, 216kb) HM Treasury technical note on the discount rates to be used by the scheme managers of public service pension schemes in calculating transfers payable from the schemes.    
Independent Public Service Pensions Commission: Final Report - March 2011 (PDF, 215 pages, 2,690kb) Report from the IPSPC published in March 2011 setting out the case for further reforms to public service pension schemes.     
Consultation on the discount rate used to set unfunded public service pension contributions - December 2010 (PDF, 35 pages, 325kb) HM Treasury consultation across the unfunded public service pension schemes focusing on the discount rate used to set contribution rates through valuations following the SCAPE methodology – known as the SCAPE discount rate.