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Police Federation Independent Review Update

We have got to change, says chairman welcoming independent review report.

The Police Federation is in need of fundamental reform to enable it to improve significantly, according to the findings of an independent review. The 84-page report, published on Monday 20 January, makes 36 recommendations for reform set around three key themes: trust, professionalism and unity. The recommendations will be discussed at the Police Federation conference in Bournemouth in May.

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Police Federation Independent Review

An independent review of the Police Federation has now been released by the RSA.

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Protect Police Pensions e-Petition

We've recently been made aware of the e-petition 'Protect Police Pensions'. Y

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Written Ministerial Statement on Pensions

We are currently considering the contents of the Written Ministerial Statement and will be publishing more information later today. For the moment, more information can be found on the following section of the Home Office website:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/pension-reform

Responding to the Home Secretary’s written ministerial statement on pensions, Paul McKeever, Police Federation of England and Wales says;

"Staff Side, which includes the Police Federation of England and Wales, has engaged in the Home Secretary’s consultation on long-term reform of police officer pensions.

"Despite being disappointed with aspects of this announcement, Staff Side accepts it within the context of the Government’s wider public service pension’s reform agenda. It is clear from our discussions with the Home Office that, compared to the reference scheme offered by the Home Secretary of 27 March, this was the best deal possible to protect the unique position of police officers."

Notes

  • The Police Negotiating Board (PNB)is made up of two constituent parts;
    • The Employers including chief officers and the Home Office - called the Official Side, and;
    • The Employees which includes police officers up to and including the rank of Superintendent - known as the Staff Side.
  • More info on the Home Office Reference Scheme: http://www.polfed.org/Letter_HS_to_John_Randall_Pensions_270312.pdf.
  • Uniqueness of policing: police officers are officers of the crown and as such are subject to much constraint. Police officers cannot affiliate with or work too closely with other trade unions, are legally prohibited from going on strike and are available for duty 24/7, on and off duty.
  • The Police Federation of England and Wales is not a trade union and is therefore reliant on negotiation on behalf of its members to reach agreement on pay, pensions, terms and conditions.

 

 

General Secretary's Update on Police Pensions 5/5/12

Dear Colleague,

Further to my letter of 29th April.

At the first meeting of both sides of the PNB Working Group to consider police officer pensions on Wednesday 2nd May, the Official Side informed us that whilst some of the information in the letter of 27th March from the Home Secretary had been marked ‘restricted’, this should not have been the case. They apologised for the error and confirmed that the information provided could now be circulated.

I therefore forward the Home Secretary’s letter for your information, together with a letter to me from the Home Office outlining details of accrued pension rights for the 1987 Pension Scheme (PDF links below).

When considering the information contained within this correspondence it is important to understand that we are now entering an extensive period of consultation on these proposals and will be providing a formal response to the Home Secretary’s letter by 22nd June. Whilst it is difficult for me to provide you with any certainty about the future police pension scheme at this time, I can assure you that with the support of our advisors we will be doing our very best for the future pensions of police officers.

It is important that you help us influence both the future of Police Pensions and the wider debate on the government’s policing agenda and it’s detrimental impact on the service by attending the march in London on 10 May.

I look forward to seeing you then.

Regards,

Ian Rennie

General Secretary
Police Federation of E&W

Home Secretary Letter to John Randall PNB - Long Term Reform Of Police Pensions (PDF)

Home Office Letter to Ian Rennie - Accrued Pension Rights (PDF)