Before a review, or a “reassessment of injury pension” can take place under regulation 37(1),the Police Pension Authority (‘PPA’) must firstly consider whether a suitable interval has elapsed. This is the first part of Regulation 37(1) –
37.—(1) Subject to the provisions of this Part, where an injury pension is payable under these Regulations, the police authority shall, at such intervals as may be suitable…
A suitable interval is not defined in the regulations, but was touched upon in ‘The Queen on the Application of Turner v The Police Medical Appeal Board’ –
para 23 – There is no question of relitigation and, of course, suitable intervals suggests that this is not a matter which should be revisited every year, nor is it.
Each case should be considered on its own merits as to whether a suitable interval has passed. In our view, it may be, due to the severity of a pensioners injury, that a suitable interval may be determined as ‘never’.