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Fire Services: Pensions

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 10th September 2013.

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Photo of David Anderson David Anderson Labour, Blaydon

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will facilitate negotiations between employers and trades unions on pensions in the fire service.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

The pension on offer to firefighters is one of the most generous in the public sector. A firefighter who earns £29,000 and retires at age 60 after a full career will get a £19,000 a year pension, rising to £26,000 with the state pension.

The Government has been discussing reform of the Firefighters' Pension scheme with employers and trades unions for over two years, including meeting the Fire Brigades Union last week, and made significant improvements to the offer over that time.

Discussions on the detail of the reforms will continue as part of implementing the 2015 scheme.

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