If you just read DCC Baker’s statement to Police Oracle, one could be forgiven for thinking that (a) Staffordshire never, ever would dream of doing “a Merseyside” and reducing a person based on the questionnaire’s answers (b) failure to fill in the questionnaire would never, ever mean that your injury award will be suspended or reduced.
Solicitor warned others over the issue last week following legal action against Merseyside Police. A force which asks retired officers who were injured on duty to fill in medical assessments says the information will not be used to withhold pension payments. Staffordshire Police says it only asks for the process to be followed to make their…
DCC Baker has offered a perfect example of contrary rhetoric. It’s very interesting to note what has changed on the Staffordshire website since Police Oracle published this story last week.
Let us see how the Staffordshire website looked two weeks ago using our “wayback machine” – FAQs – Injury Benefit Reassessment – Staffordshire Police 18-07-17” taken from Google web cache. Oh look! Note the threat to suspend the injury award
You will be given 28 days to reply…
At the end of that 28 days your injury benefit pension may be suspended or reduced to band 1 if we have no satisfactory reply from you
Oh my! A reply will not serve. Staffordshire will punish you if you don’t reply “satisfactorily“. Rather ominous.
And how the same page looks as of today 1st August 2017 …
In a brave new world of bunny rabbits and rainbows, you will now be sent a lovely reminder and then only a failure to attend a medical examination may mean a decision is made. “As thought necessary” isn’t a concept in the Regulations by the way.
Staffordshire was threatening vulnerable disabled former police officers that non-compliance of failing to return the forms will mean a suspension or an automatic reduction to band one. They got caught.
Now DCC Baker is telling Police Oracle that this is all made up and Staffordshire would never stoop to such lowly, despicable and unlawful practices.
Hmmm … what were we saying about a perpetually shifting succession of imaginative falsehoods?