Pensions

Information for current and former employees on pensions and relevant persons to contact regarding them.

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Different members of staff are covered by different pension schemes, dependant on their contracts and conditions.

If you are, or previously were, a firefighter (or other applicable Grey Book role) for West Midlands Fire Service, please see the information for the 'Firefighter Pension Scheme'. Either click the button below or scroll down to see information about your scheme.

If you are, or were, a member of staff on Green Book conditions, it's likely you're covered by the Local Government Pension Scheme. Although we do not administer this scheme, further details and contact information are below. Click the relevant button or scroll down for more information.

For our latest pensions news, please click the button below.
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Firefighter Pension Scheme

Below you can find information and contact details for the West Midlands Firefighter Pension Scheme, including Pension Administration, the Local Pension Board and the Scheme Manager.

Fire service pensions are payable monthly in advance on the first working day of each month.

For information on the Local Government Pension Scheme, please scroll down to that section.

Pension administration

Please note that while we will aim to acknowledge your enquiry within three working days, a full response will be provided within statutory deadlines (where they apply) which will differ depending upon the nature of your enquiry.

For Pension Payroll, Payslip, P60 queries please contact

Payroll Section
West Midlands Fire Service Headquarters
99 Vauxhall Road
Birmingham
B7 4HW

Email: payrolls@wmfs.net

Telephone No. 0121 380 6310

For Pension Benefit queries / Death Notifications please contact:

Pension Section
West Midlands Fire Service Headquarters
99 Vauxhall Road
Birmingham
B7 4HW

Email: pensions@wmfs.net

Telephone No. 0121 380 6320

For tax queries please contact

HM Revenue and Customs

City Centre House
30 Union Street, Fire Pensions
Tax Ref. No. 068/W103
Birmingham B2 4AD

Tel. 0300 200 3300
Birmingham Solihull Area Service, and ask for Birmingham Solihull Area

https://www.gov.uk/hmrc-internal-manuals/pensions-tax-manual/ptm062230

Pension Scheme Manager

As of June 26, 2023, our Chief Fire Officer is the delegated Scheme Manager on behalf of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority (WMFRA). This role was previously undertaken by the Audit and Risk Committee of WMFRA.

You can contact the scheme manager if you wish to raise a complaint, provide feedback or if you need to make an application under the Internal Dispute Resolution Process (IDRP).

Chief Fire Officer
Pension Scheme Manager
West Midlands Fire Service Headquarters
99 Vauxhall Road,
Birmingham
B7 4HW

Email: Schememanager@wmfs.net

If you wish to make an application under IDRP please download a copy of the IDRP Stage One Application form found below and return by email or post to the addresses above. You will receive a response from the CFO or their delegated representative setting out the timescales for response.

 

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Pension IDRP Stage One Application Form
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Stage one application form for Internal Dispute Resolution Procedures related to West Midlands Fire Service Firefighter Pension scheme.
Either complete and email, or print and post to the address on https://www.wmfs.net/careers/pensions

Local Pension Board

The Local Pension Board exists to assist the Scheme Manager in securing compliance with the Local Government Pension Scheme regulations, other legislation and the requirements of the Pensions Regulator. Scheme members are represented by three representatives, with three further employer representatives.

You can contact the Pension Board for advice or to provide feedback on scheme governance and administration.

You can find out more information about the Pension Board on the WMFRA CMIS pages linked below.

Scheme Member Representatives

  • Paul Bennett (retired representative)
  • Alan Tranter (retired representative)
  • Alex Daw (active representative)

Email address (for all three Scheme Member representatives): employee.pension.rep@gmail.com

Employer Representatives

  • Julie Felton – Business Improvement and Administration Manager
  • Sofia Mahmood - Head of Finance and Procurement
  • Kamla Devi-Ahir – Senior Business Partner, People Support Services

Firefighters pension scheme bulletins

The Local Government Association (LGA) Bluelight Pensions team produce a monthly bulletin giving updates on key developments within firefighter pensions, including updates on remedy, legislative changes and pension administration.

It may be of interest to pension scheme members, and can be accessed via the link below. Please note the bulletin represents the views of the LGA team and should not be treated as a complete and authoritative legal opinion

Firefighters pension scheme bulletins

Further information

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Firefighter Pension Scheme Administration Strategy
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West Midlands Firefighters' Pension Scheme Administration Strategy - containing more information on how the scheme is managed and administered.

Local Government Pension Scheme

Below you can find information and contact details for the Local Government Pension scheme. This scheme is for members of staff who are, or were, on Green Book contractual conditions.

The West Midlands Pension Fund manages the LGPS in the West Midlands region on behalf of over 800 employers. You can access lots of further information about your annual benefits, pension contributions and access the online pension portal on their website: https://www.wmpfonline.com/

Internal Administration

Please note that while we will aim to acknowledge your enquiry within three working days, a full response will be provided within statutory deadlines (where they apply) which will differ depending upon the nature of your enquiry.
West Midlands Fire Service Pension Team

Pension Section
West Midlands Fire Service Headquarters
99 Vauxhall Road
Birmingham
B7 4HW

Email: pensions@wmfs.net

Telephone No. 0121 380 6310

Local Pension Board

The West Midlands Pension Fund (WMPF) has a Local Pension Board formed of 12 members, with six employer and six member representatives. The role the Local Pensions Board is to assist in the good governance of the Local Government Pension Scheme through the monitoring of compliance with statutory regulation and guidance and to act as a representative both for and on behalf of the employer and member base ensuring effective governance and administration in the management and payment of pension benefits.

You can find out more about the WMPF Pension Board and its members on the WMPF website, via the button below.

Pension Scheme Manager

The City of Wolverhampton Council (CWC) is the Administering Authority for the West Midlands Pension Fund under the Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations 2013 and is the Scheme Manager as defined by Section 4 of the Public Service Pension Act 2013.

Under its constitution and in accordance with Section 101 of the Local Government Act 1972 CWC have delegated responsibility for the management of the Fund to the Pensions Committee and the Director of Pensions.

Find our more information about the Scheme Manager here: https://www.wmpfonline.com/about-us/governance

Pension Scheme Manager

Pensions news

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28 May 2024
WMFS opens Contingent Decisions process for Pensions Remedy for West Midlands Firefighter Pension Scheme members
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19 April 2024
An introduction of the new Chief Executive and Scheme Manager of the West Midlands Firefighter Pension Scheme.
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2 April 2024
Further update on pensions increase uplift and relevant paperwork members will receive.
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1 March 2024
It has been confirmed by the Government that Firefighter Pensions will increase by 6.7% from 8 April 2024
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18 January 2024
Outsourcing consultation concluded in favour of strengthening support of existing teams and further investment.
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20 December 2023
From 1 October 2023, eligible members of the Firefighters' Pension Scheme have choices about the benefits they receive for service between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2022. This is the “McCloud” Remedy Period, and these choices are referred to as ‘remedy’.
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18 December 2023
An update regarding implementation of the McCloud Remedy and issues with LGPS Scheme.
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