CIRCULARÂ Â Â Â 2012HOC0467MW
22 August 2012
TO:Â Â Â All Members (Control) â€“ England and Wales
CC:Â Â Â Â All Members (Control) – Scotland and Northern Ireland – For Information Only
Dear Brother/ Sister
Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) – England and Wales: FBU membersâ€™ ballot result – Proposals remain unacceptable
As you will be aware, the FBU held a consultative ballot for Firefighter (Control) members in England and Wales who belong to the LGPS. This ballot consisted of two questions;
The Executive Council recommended that members voted No to Question 1 because two key areas of concern remain.
These issues identified by the Executive Council are:
1)Â Â Â Â Â Â The proposed Normal Pension Age of (up to) 68
By linking the Normal Pension Age (NPA) to the state pension age from 2014, members will have to work beyond 65, with some expected to work to 68. This is both unrealistic and unworkable for the majority of FBU members working in Fire Control, because of shift work and the stressful and demanding nature of the job.
2)Â Â Â Â Â Â The revaluation and accrual rates agreed for the CARE scheme
The results of the ballot which closed on 22 August 2012 are as follows:
1. Is the proposed 2014 LGPS acceptable?
2. Do you want the FBU to continue trying to achieve access for Firefighters (Control) into a specific Fire Service pension scheme?
The Executive Council will now be considering all options available and will update members via the usual channels. Head Office officials will liaise with officials of the CSNC to ensure the views of Control members are considered in any further campaigning work