Payment of Benefits
Pensions are paid in advance in regular instalments by the Fire & Rescue Service (FRS) once they are satisfied that a person has entitlement to the award and subject to them having all the information they need. Lump sums by commutation are payable as soon as possible after the member's last day of service.
The FRS has discretion as to whom a minor's award will be paid but they must have assurance that it would be used for the benefit of the minor. Similarly, if payment is due to a person who has become incapable of managing his/her affairs, the FRS has discretion to pay it to another person as they think best.
If there has been a loss to the funds of the FRS because of fraud, theft or negligence on the part of a firefighter in connection with his/her employment, the authority may withhold all or any of the sum lost subject, in the event of dispute, to the order of a court.