Ill health re-assessment statistics

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Dear London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (London Fire Brigade),

“I would like to know how many employees of the LFB 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

London Fire Commissioner (London Fire Brigade)

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Dear Mr Eason

 

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which
was received on 07 June  2016 in relation to ill health re-assessment
statistics. 

 

We will respond promptly and within 20 working days.  Should you have any
queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me quoting the reference  number
above on all correspondence.

 

Kind regards

 

 

 

Sherine Malko

 

 

Sherine Malko
Information Access Manager
London Fire Brigade
169 Union Street, London SE1 0LL

T: 020 8555 1200 ext. 30384
E: [1][email address]

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Why not visit our website at [5]www.london-fire.gov.uk

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London Fire Commissioner (London Fire Brigade)

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Dear Mr Eason

 

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which
was received on 07 June  2016 in relation to ill health re-assessment
statistics. 

 

For ease of reference, I have numbered your points and have responded to
them in order of submission. 

 

 1.  I would like to know how many employees of the LFB have retired due
to ill health under the firefighters pension scheme 1992 since the 1st
July 2006?

There have been 99 London Fire Brigade (LFB) employees who have retired
due to ill health under the firefighters pension scheme 1992 since 1^st
July 2006.

 

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

We do not hold statistical information in relation to how many retirees
retired with an award of an upper tier pension between 1 July 2006 to 19
May 2016. This information would have been recorded in individual
personnel files. There were 99 ill health retirees who retired during the
period in question. To individually search each of these records would
exceed the 18 hours permitted under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA) before costs are incurred (see below for a full explanation).

However, to be helpful, I can confirm that we have been able to review 76
of those 99 files (albeit it has already taken us over the 18 hour limit)
for those who were ill health retired during this period.  From this
review and between 24 December 2009 and 19 May 2016, 23 employees were
awarded an upper tier award.

 

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

Please see our response above, I can confirm that of the 23 employees who
retired between 24 December 2009 and 19 May 2016 with an upper tier award,
17 were subjected to a pension reassessment.

 

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

From the 17 employees refereed to in the response to question number
three, six retirees were assessed on more than one occasion.

 

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

The LFB has an ongoing contract  for the provision of a range of
occupational health services, including these types of pension
reassessments/reviews. The cost of this contract is not broken down by
specific services such as the AMA pension reviews.   

 

 6. Who foots the bill for these AMA reviews?

The LFB pays the cost of these AMA reviews.

 

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

It costs the LFB £664.19 for each IQMP review.

 

 8. Who foots the bill for these IQMP reviews?

The LFB pays the cost of these IQMP reviews.

 

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

The Brigade does not record this information.  The pension fund
administrators may hold this information however reviewing the appropriate
records would take  this request over the appropriate cost limit.  Please
refer to our answer to question number two above.

 

The FOIA requires the LFB  to comply with a request, unless it would be
too expensive to do so, as estimated in accordance with the Freedom of
Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations
2004.  The regulations provide that, for the LFB, the cost limit is £450,
i.e. 18 hours at the rate of £25 per person hour.  The regulations allow
us to take into account when estimating the cost of complying with a
request, the time spent determining whether we hold the information
requested; locating and retrieving it and extracting the information from
the relevant document(s).

As an illustration of the potential work that would be involved to comply
with your request, we would need to retrieve from archive and review 99
employee personal record files to establish whether they contain
information relevant to your request. We estimate that at a minimum it
would take between 20-30 minutes per file to determine whether any of
these employees received an upper tier award. It is possible the
information may not be in the personal record files of the employee. If
this is the case,  it may be necessary to contact the LFB’s pension fund
administrators, the London Pensions Fund Authority and request that they
review their records of the 99 employees and advise whether any of them
retired with an upper tier award. Therefore the section 12 exemption (Cost
of compliance exceeds appropriate limit)  of FOIA would apply and the LFB
does not have to comply with this request.

 

Your request has been dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act
2000. If you are dissatisfied by this response you can request an internal
review by writing to the Head of Information Management and Performance at
the address below (or email [1][email address]).

Further information about your information rights (including how to raise
a concern or make a complaint) is available from the Information
Commissioner’s Office on their website at [2]www.ico.org.uk or by writing
to them at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

Kind regards

 

 

 

Sherine Malko

 

Sherine Malko
Information Access Manager
London Fire Brigade
169 Union Street, London SE1 0LL

T: 020 8555 1200 ext. 30384
E: [3][email address]

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Why not visit our website at [7]www.london-fire.gov.uk

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