The FBU is asking members, officials and friends to lobby their MPs against the governmentâ€™s plans for firefighters to pay more contributions towards their pensions. The FBU believes this is unfair for firefighters and makes no sense for financing the pension scheme.
Write to your MP asking them to sign early day motion 2049.
Download this briefing with the detailed arguments.
That this House acknowledges that firefighters currently pay 11% of their salary into an unfunded pension scheme; is concerned by the governmentâ€™s proposal for a 3.2% increase in firefightersâ€™ pension contributions at a time when they are in the 2nd year of a pay freeze and the cost of living is rising; notes the findings of a recent YouGov survey of around 8000 firefighters, which found that over a quarter of respondents would be likely or very likely to opt out of the pension scheme if the governmentâ€™s proposal is implemented, with nearly one in eight very likely to opt out; further notes that the Treasuryâ€™s forecast of Â£72.6m savings over three years from this reform is based upon an opt out rate of 1% and that every 1% opt out would cost the scheme Â£3.5 million per annum in lost contributions; shares the Fire Brigades Unionâ€™s concern that an opt out rate of 7% or over would nullify the governmentâ€™s projected savings and that the 27% opt out rate indicated in the survey could result in a net loss of Â£210 million; believes that the proposed increase is self-defeating and would destabilise the firefightersâ€™ pension scheme; and calls upon the Government to withdraw its proposal for firefighters to pay additional pension contributions.