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.
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,
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.
The Government have capitulated over the granting of psychiatric injury awards when faced with a looming court challenge.
Regulation 12 of The Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006 allows for an additional ‘Disablement gratuity’ to injured officers where it could be shown that within 12 months of so receiving their injury, they become or became totally and permanently disabled as a result of that injury.
It was successfully argued that the regulations discriminated against officers with mental health conditions such as PTSD, as often the full extent of these types of injuries are not fully recognised until after the 12 month time limit. This will provide parity for officers with mental health injuries compared to those with physical injuries.
The Government have also agreed to review this part of the regulations.
Congratulations to Ron Thompson of Haven Solicitors, David Lock QC and Leon Glenister of Landmark Chambers for bringing this successful case.
In summary, a number of officers who had joined under the Police Pension Scheme 1988 (‘PPS 1988’), and retired under the Police Pension Scheme 2015 (‘PPS 2015’) thought that their pensions appeared on the low side.
After making contact with us, we recalculated their pensions, which PSNI subsequently confirmed were closer to their true value. We understand that two officers alone had back payments in the region of £80,000 between them.
Disappointingly, last week, we were contacted by another former officer over the same issue. We calculated that they too had been under paid and were due a back payment of approximately £20,000. PSNI confirmed our findings and agreed to put matters right in their May 2020 pension payment.
These are not small sums of money and as this matter was first brought to the attention of the PSNI over five months ago, we are truly shocked that they don’t appear to have either identified those pensioners that may have been affected or written to those former officers to inform them that they may have had their pensions miscalculated.
We have written to the Finance and Support Services Department of the PSNI asking them to expedite this matter.
Gareth Morgan commented on the decisions he’s made: “I’m fairly unapologetic about it”
Chief Constable Gareth Morgan, has taken part in a new BBC documentary, “Cops like us”, following police officers in Staffordshire. He was reduced to tears when talking about some of the decisions that he’s had to make, but concluded by saying “So, it may well be surprising. I’m fairly unapologetic about it.”
The program shows the scale of challenges that the officers face on a daily basis and are a constant reminder that some officers can become seriously injured through no fault of their own.
PC Keri Inskip said, “While violence has always been prevalent in the areas I’ve worked in and I’ve always been in city centre policing where there has been high levels of violence, it’s more dangerous now than I’ve ever known.”
Last year Gareth Morgan reduced the pensions of seventeen former officers injured on duty. A judicial review is expected later this year over that decision.
Cops Like Us aired at 9pm on BBC Two and is available on BBC iPlayer.
A report released by the Northern Ireland Audit Office into Injury on Duty payments to officers is “disappointing and unfair” according to the Police Federation of Northern Ireland.
A report entitled “Injury on duty schemes for officers in the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Prison Service” by the Northern Ireland Audit Office has been heavily criticised as it fails to take into account the unique policing circumstances in Northern Ireland.
PFEW have launched a compensation claim against the Government on behalf of members who were victims of discrimination and suffered any 'injury to feeling' as a result of the changes to members' pensions by the introduction of the 2015 Scheme.
The deadline has been extended to 27th August 2020 and all applications must be in by this date. There will be no further extensions and any applications after this date will not be accepted.
If this could affect you, please read the information on the below links including the FAQs on the PFEW website to see if you are eligible and if you are, please contact your federation office of your previous force to get a link to the application form.
Please share this post so we can reach out to as many retired officers who this may affect.
The Police Federation of England & Wales is launching a compensation claim against the Government on behalf of members who were victims of discrimination and suffered any ‘injury to feeling’ as a result of the changes to members’ pensions by the introduction of the 2015 scheme.
Remembering three Metropolitan officers who were murdered on this day fifty four years ago.
We also think of their colleagues, families and friends today.Remembering Metropolitan Police Officers - Detective Sergeant Christopher Head, T/Detective Constable David Wombwell, and Police Constable Geoffrey Fox. Murdered on duty on this day in 1966 #LestWeForget ... See MoreSee Less
Thames Valley Police Federation Chairman Craig O'Leary: Give the ultimate protection to those who protect us...life must mean life
PC Andrew Harper loved being a police officer.
Today and every day, his Thames Valley colleagues remember him as “Harps”, a brave hero killed on duty doing his job.
On August 15 last year Andrew should have been going home to his wife Lissie and looking forward to a long and loving marriage and a highly successful career.
He stayed on four hours after his shift finished to combat crime. That’s what police officers do.
But on that summer night his life was taken away from him by cowardly criminals who are not worthy of being named.
They should be spending the rest of their lives in jail for their despicable crime. They will not.
And that is why we need an Andrew’s Law, which would see criminals convicted of killing emergency services workers spend the rest of their lives in jail.
The Police Federation of England and Wales — and all our brave colleagues across the country — fully sup- port Andrew’s widow Lissie in her call that anyone killing a police officer, fire fighter, nurse, doctor or paramedic spends the rest of their lives behind bars.
The dangers out there for our policing colleagues, who we represent, are very real.
Police officers go to work each and every day to fight crime and protect the public. But in doing so, every day 84 police officers in England and Wales are assaulted on duty. Punched, kicked, bitten, spat at, driven at by cars, stabbed. And sometimes worse.
More than 30,000 colleagues were assaulted last year, many receiving bad injuries.
Sadly, on very rare and horrendous occasions, a colleague makes the ultimate sacrifice. We know many of their names.
PC Keith Blakelock. PC Sharon Beshenivsky. PC Nicola Hughes. PC Fiona Bone. PC Yvonne Fletcher. PC Dave Phillips. PC Ian Dibell. PC Keith Palmer. PC Gareth Browning.
And now, of course, PC Andrew Harper.
When police officers are killed on duty, then it hits right at the heart of our democracy. We ask police officers to go out there and keep the Queen’s peace on behalf of society.
So society must offer the greatest protection for those who are killed protecting it.
Those guilty of such a wicked and deliberate crime such as killing a police officer forfeit their right to freedom. Those responsible should face the rest of their lives in prison. Those in society who hurt those there to protect us should face the full force of the law and judicial system.
The law must be changed. We must protect the protectors.
In 2013 then Home Secretary Theresa May told hundreds of police officers at the Police Federation Annual Conference that criminals who kill a police officer should automatically face life in prison without parole.
She said: “We ask police officers to keep us safe by confronting and stopping violent criminals for us.
“We ask them to take risks so that we don’t have to. That is why I am clear that life should mean life for anyone convicted of killing a police officer.”
That is as true today as it was then. But seven years on, that has not happened. Nothing has changed.
Those who killed Andrew will be free in a few years, while Andrew’s wife Lissie — as she says — faces a life sentence.
Police officers are pleased to have the public support of the current Home Secretary Priti Patel and Prime Minister Boris Johnson. But we need more than these words. We need action. We need Andrew’s Law.
We need to sit down with the Home Secretary and have a sensible discussion around some of the proposals.
I know the Home Secretary is fully aware of this campaign and my appeal to her would be to come and sit down with Lissie and myself and have this discussion.
Since we lost Andrew, the support we have received from the police family and the public in the UK — and indeed across the world — has been overwhelming.
On behalf of all my colleagues in Thames Valley Police, and all officers across the country, I would like to express my gratitude for that support. It has been really appreciated in what has been an incredibly tough time for all.
We now need to harness that support and call on the British public and politicians of all parties to back Lissie in her campaign. ... See MoreSee Less
Pensions of retired police officers under attack https://thismon.ee/a/8545531 via @ThisIsMoney We have a group claim v Staffordshire Police, further to the group action v Avon & Somerset police, which itself followed the historic ET test case win by our client David Curry @iodpaorg