Ill health retirement reviews

David Eason made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Dear West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service,

I would like to know how many employees of West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service have retired due to ill health under the firefighters pension scheme 1992 since the 1st July 2006?

How many of these retirees retired with an award of a higher tier pension?

Of these retirees, how many have subsequently been subjected to a pension reassessment?

How many retirees have been subjected to more than one pension reassessment under the firefighters pension scheme 1992 since the 1st July 2006?

What are the total cost implications of employing an authority medical advisor (AMA) to interview retirees under review?

Who foots the bill for these AMA reviews?

How much does it cost to refer a review to an independent qualified medical practitioner (IQMP)?

Who foots the bill for these IQMP reviews?

Of the reviews carried out, how many have led to a reclassification of an ill health injury award under the 1992 firefighters pension scheme?

Yours faithfully,

David Eason

Information, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

4 Atodiad

Our ref:  IM20160404-01

 

4 April 2016

 

 

Dear Mr Eason

 

Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Request for Information

 

Thank you for your email dated 2 April 2016, which was received by West
Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service today, requesting the following
information:

 

“I would like to know how many employees of West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue
Service have retired due to ill health under the firefighters pension
scheme 1992 since the 1st July 2006?

 

How many of these retirees retired with an award of a higher tier pension?

 

Of these retirees, how many have subsequently been subjected to a pension
reassessment?

 

How many retirees have been subjected to more than one pension
reassessment under the firefighters pension scheme 1992 since the 1st July
2006?

 

What are the total cost implications of employing an authority medical
advisor (AMA) to interview retirees under review?

 

Who foots the bill for these AMA reviews?

 

How much does it cost to refer a review to an independent qualified
medical practitioner (IQMP)?

 

Who foots the bill for these IQMP reviews?

 

Of the reviews carried out, how many have led to a reclassification of an
ill health injury award under the 1992 firefighters pension scheme?”

 

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service acknowledges receipt of your
request and confirms that it will respond to you with the information it
holds, unless the information is covered by one of the exemptions in the
Act.   We will respond to you as soon as possible, and in any event within
the 20 working days required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, in
the manner requested.  Accordingly, we will respond with the information
that you have requested by 2 May 2016.

 

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will
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required to pay before we will proceed to deal with your request.

 

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exemptions under the Act that mean that we may not be able to disclose the
information you need. If we decide that we cannot release the information
requested, we will explain which exemption is relevant in this case. 

 

If you have any queries, or wish to discuss any aspect of your request,
please do not hesitate to contact us on 01274 473787, quoting the
reference number provided above.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Emma West

Information Management Clerk

Corporate Services

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Information, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

4 Atodiad

Our ref: IM20160404-01

 

13 April 2016

 

 

Dear Mr Eason

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Thank you for your request for information dated 2 April 2016, which was
received by the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service on the 4 April
2016.

 

Your request is as follows:

 

“I would like to know how many employees of West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue
Service have retired due to ill health under the firefighters pension
scheme 1992 since the 1st July 2006?

 

How many of these retirees retired with an award of a higher tier pension?

 

Of these retirees, how many have subsequently been subjected to a pension
reassessment?

 

How many retirees have been subjected to more than one pension
reassessment under the firefighters pension scheme 1992 since the 1st July
2006?

 

What are the total cost implications of employing an authority medical
advisor (AMA) to interview retirees under review?

 

Who foots the bill for these AMA reviews?

 

How much does it cost to refer a review to an independent qualified
medical practitioner (IQMP)?

 

Who foots the bill for these IQMP reviews?

 

Of the reviews carried out, how many have led to a reclassification of an
ill health injury award under the 1992 firefighters pension scheme?”

 

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service response:

 

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has now completed its search for
the information which you requested.  Please find enclosed answers below
(numbered for ease of reference):-

 

1.       30

2.       14

3.       8

4.       Due to the sensitivity of the subject matter and the low number
of individuals involved we are unable to disclose the exact figures if it
is, equal to, or less than 5 individuals especially where there is a risk,
generally with small numbers, of identifying individuals.

Releasing exact figures could potentially act as an identifier and due to
the low numbers involved this information is exempt under Section 40(2)
(Personal Data) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000

5-8. The session fees are paid from the OHSU budget.

The costs of referring a review to the IQMP includes:

The cost of obtaining GP records – Average £50

IQMP fees Average £450

Cost of AMA appt. – as outlined above

There are additional administrative costs to arrange appointment, prepare
documentation/letters, copy OHU records, postage (recorded delivery)
administrators time.

The IQMP referrals are funded by the OHU budget.

These costs are based on present day fees and will have obviously risen
over the years from 2006.

9.  Due to the sensitivity of the subject matter and the low number of
individuals involved we are unable to disclose the exact figures if it is,
equal to, or less than 5 individuals especially where there is a risk,
generally with small numbers, of identifying individuals.

Releasing exact figures could potentially act as an identifier and due to
the low numbers involved this information is exempt under Section 40(2)
(Personal Data) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

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West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Oakroyd Hall

Birkenshaw

West Yorkshire

BD11 2DY

Telephone: 01274 473787

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Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

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us on 01274 473787, quoting the reference number provided above.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Emma West

Information Management Clerk

Corporate Services

 

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West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service Headquarters

Oakroyd Hall  Bradford Road

Birkenshaw  West Yorkshire  BD11 2DY

Tel  01274 682311  Fax  01274 651315

 

[4]*        @West_Yorks_FRS and @WYFRS_incidents

[5]*        [6]facebook.com/westyorkshirefire

[7]* [8]youtube.com/westyorkshirefrs

 

 

 

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

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