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Essex Police To Recommence Injury Reviews

Essex Police To Recommence Injury Reviews

It appears that Essex Police intend to recommence injury pension reviews from April of this year. The official decision can be found here –

https://www.essex.police.uk/foi-ai/essex-police/lists-and-registers/essex-police-pension-board/essex-police-pension-board-scheme-manager-notice-to-injury-benefit-pensioners/

A briefing note can be found here –

https://www.essex.police.uk/foi-ai/essex-police/lists-and-registers/essex-police-pension-board/essex-police-pension-board-degree-of-disablement-assessment-regulation-37-briefing-note-to-pensioners/

There is also an example letter –

https://www.essex.police.uk/foi-ai/essex-police/lists-and-registers/essex-police-pension-board/essex-police-pension-board-degree-of-disablement-assessment-letter-to-pensioners/

There are 272 Essex pensioners that are in receipt of an injury pension. We would urge those pensioners that are not IODPA members to make contact with us.

The Government publish update to the transitional arrangements for the PPR 2015

The Government publish update to the transitional arrangements for the PPR 2015

The Government have released a new response to the fiasco that is the enforced transfer to The Police Pension Regulations 2015 of a large number of serving officers that were previously on The Police Pension Regulations 1987, or The Police Pension Regulations 2006.

If you have been following the case, you will know that the Government lost an appeal by the Fire Brigades Union Over a similar scheme.

 

The paper, signed off by RT HON STEVE BARCLAY MP,  Chief Secretary to the Treasury, proposed

…the introduction of a ‘deferred choice underpin’ (DCU) as the way to remedy the identified discrimination. This approach
will enable eligible members, when they retire with a pension, to choose whether the legacy or reformed schemes would be better for them for the period between 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2022.

 

It is clear that the Government intend to reintroduce the scheme (or similar) on 1 April 2022, at which point every serving officer will transfer.

In the meantime, serving officers who have retired, or who will retire between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2022, will have the choice as to whether they wish to receive benefits from the relevant legacy scheme or to instead receive the benefits that would have been available from the 2015 scheme.

Those who have already retired and/or received a pension award will be offered a choice as soon as practicable after necessary legislative and process changes can be made.

 

Here is the document –

Public_Sector_Pensions_Consultation_Response

New Emergency Lounge Calculator

New Emergency Lounge Calculator

Many of our members, have over a period of time, used the free pension calculator on the Emergency Lounge site, which can be found here – http://emergencylounge.com/police/pension_calculator/

The site has been a long supporter of IODPA, and we have been working together to bring their calculator up to date which originally only catered for calculations under The Police Pension Regulations 1987. It now caters for calculations across multiple schemes including part-time working and is undoubtedly the best calculator available.

With the Home Office indicating that those who were forced onto the 2015 pension scheme, will be given the option to switch back to their original scheme, it is important that members understand the financial implications of doing so. We’ve had no indication that pension departments will provide these calculations for you in a timely manner.

It is important to note, as stated on the Emergency Lounge site, that the calculations are for illustration purposes only, and that official figures should be obtained before making any financial decisions, but they will provide you with an accurate prediction.

We’ve been beta testing this new calculator for the site, but if you find any problems with it, please let us know, or the site directly.

The Home Office Release a Consultation Paper Over the Unlawful Application Of The Police Pension Regulations 2015

The Home Office Release a Consultation Paper Over the Unlawful Application Of The Police Pension Regulations 2015

The Home Office have released a consultation document providing remedies and a way forward over the age-discrimination issues that came out of the forced imposition of the Police Pension Regulations 2015.

In summary, it appears as though the HO is proposing that all legacy schemes for affected public sector workers will come to an end on 1st April 2022. Those already affected (transferred) will have the option to transfer back until this new date.

You can find a copy of the paper here –

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/900766/Public_Service_Pensions_Consultation.pdf

Or read it below,

Public_Service_Pensions_Consultation

 

It seems that the proposals will not be without issue as contribution rates are different, some officers will have already retired under the new scheme with multiple pension pots, and there could be further appeals regarding ill-health retirement.

David Lock QC from Landmark Chambers has produced a blog on the issue, which can be found here,

Government publishes consultation document on resolving £17billion problem of age-discrimination in public sector pensions

 

 

 

Daily Mail Reports On The Staffordshire Police Judicial Reviews

Daily Mail Reports On The Staffordshire Police Judicial Reviews

The Daily has today run an article about the Staffordshire Police judicial reviews which is due to be heard at Birmingham Administrative Court today and Thursday.

It summarises the situation regarding injury reviews very well, highlighting the unjust process and how forces are conducting reviews for no other reason than to save money.

We wish the pensioners affected by this court hearing only one thing – justice!

Here  is a link to the article –

David Lock QC and Samantha Broadfoot QC of Landmark Chambers publish police pension podcasts

Landmark Chambers

The UK’s leading authority in police pensions, David Lock QC, is releasing a number of podcasts, providing an in depth discussion of all the current police pension schemes including The Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006 and how they should be administered.

Mr Lock has produced these extremely informative podcasts with accompanying documentation, alongside his colleague and fellow QC, Samantha Broadfoot, both of Landmark Chambers in London.

Our very grateful thanks goes to Landmark Chambers for producing this these useful guides which can be accessed by police, legal representatives and officers alike.

Please click on the link below which will go directly to the Landmark Chambers website where the podcasts can be found.

https://www.landmarkchambers.co.uk/resources/guide-to-the-law-on-police-pensions/

Guide to the law on police pensions

David Lock QC – Confusing Cases And Bad Law

David Lock QC – Confusing Cases And Bad Law

David Lock QC gives an interesting insight into a number of conflicting cases and how recent case law has been shaped.

The conflict is between Laws/Evans on one hand and Doubtfire/Boskovic on the other. Hopefully we will have a defining correction at some stage in the future.

You may read his article here,

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/confusing-cases-bad-law-meaning-effect-decisions-made-david-lock-qc/

Alternately, you may read a copy here.

Confusing cases and bad law_ The meaning and effect of decisions made in the police ill-health retirement process_

David Lock QC provides an update to the flawed police pension regulations 2015

David Lock QC provides an update to the flawed police pension regulations 2015

David Lock QC has released a new paper over the financial disaster that was imposed on some police officers by the forced implementation of the Police Pension Regulations 2015.

The Government have indicated that they will remedy the unsatisfactory situation, but it is not yet known how they are planning to resolve the issue, or when.

This is going to be a complex matter to unpick because retrospective changes to ill-health pensions will have a knock on effect to the calculated value of injury pensions as well.

You may read his article here,

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/pension-rights-police-officers-who-suffer-losses-result-david-lock-qc/

Alternately, you may read a copy here.

The pension rights of police officers who suffer losses as a result of being transferred from the 1987 or 2006 scheme to 2015 police pension schemes_