The NHS has plans to scrape all your personal and medical data into a huge silo, which they plan to share (read sell) to commercial companies. The plan is to anonymise the data, so what could go wrong?
If you wish to stop your data leaving your own GP practice, you need to take positive action to prevent this from happening. You have until the 23rd June 2021 to do so.
In 2020, following a successful claim by Ron Thompson of Haven Solicitors and David Lock QC of Landmark Chambers, the Government agreed a discretionary payment equal to a regulation 12 settlement for one of their clients.
It was accepted that regulation 12, being time limited to 12 months from the date of receiving an injury on duty was potentially discriminatory against officers whose injuries only manifested to total and permanent disablement some time later. This is particularly relevant to those who suffered a mental health injury.
As part of the settlement, the Home Office agreed to consult further on the issue, and has now released a public consultation paper, which we’ve reproduced here.
If you feel as though you have something positive to contribute to the debate, you may complete the online form found here –
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.
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 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.
Thank you to all of you who took the time to answer us regarding how you found the ill health retirement process. We know it would have been distressing to so many of you, having to revisit old traumas. What is clearly apparent is that the IHR process is causing serious mental health issues which should never ever be the case. Officers should and must be afforded dignity, respect, compassion and kindness. After all, they are losing their career, their colleagues and the special camraderie that is only found in the police as well as adjusting to a loss of identity. It can be utterly devastating. Departments within the police need to remember that they are dealing with very vulnerable and poorly people, they are not just a number. People should not and must not be driven to the point of suicide due to the attitudes of those within the job. It is a disgrace that this is happening and needs to be addressed immediately. If we can be of any assistance to any of you, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We truly hope we are making a small difference by being here to help with ill health retirement and the subsequent IOD application. ... See MoreSee Less
North Yorkshire Police has also confirmed that he was serving police officer with the force. On Sunday 18 July, Patrick Casey, 29, was involved in a collision on the B1222 between Sherburn in Elmet and Cawood. Emergency services attended but Patrick was sadly pronounced dead at the scene and an inve...
We would be interested to know how you found/ finding the ill health retirement process. Did it go smoothly with plenty of support emotionally and help navigating the IHR procedures or did you find it an acrimonious process with little support or understanding? Has things got better over the years with such an emphasis on mental health in the police? ... See MoreSee Less
After 2.5 years on the sick, x2 expert reports and an SMP that refuses to accept either MENTAL health or the expert reports, my PMAB was successful.
I cannot thank @HavenSolicitors, especially Mark Botham and my local FedRep @PFEW_HQ for their expert counsel & support.. 1/2
33yrs ago on this date, I walked into the RUC training centre along with 30+ other folk who would become my squad mates. We spent hours signing documents, authorising deductions from our pay for everything from benefits in the case of injury to 50p for the police band.