The Police Pensions Regulations 2015 have been laid before Parliament
There are 228 points to digest.
See them all here:
A Police Federation of England and Wales FAQ document "aimed at helping officers to understand in detail what it means for them" will be published tomorrow (6th March).
The Fed added: "The Government's reform of the police pension schemes was never going to be welcome but since then we have been in consultation with them about their proposals to ensure that any new scheme is fit-for-purpose. "
"This has never been a negotiation as the Government are not required to negotiate with us on this matter. "
"We understand that many members are angry at the Home Secretary's decision on how this reform impacts on their police pensions."
PFEW has also "instructed Legal Counsel to undertake a review of the new regulations in the context of the consultation process that has taken place and the original legal advice which was obtained in 2012 and 2013."
CARE 2015 Pension Timetable
JBB Circular - Transfers-In of Service and Transitional Protection
Government will take into account 'difficult and dangerous' work of officers in new pension scheme, following strong case made by the Federation
Officers in the new 2015 police pension scheme will still be able to retire from the service aged 55 after the government dropped proposals to increase the minimum pension age, which would have seen them unable to claim their pension until they hit 57.
In a response to a consultation on pensions proposals published this week called Freedom and choice in pensions, HM Treasury acknowledged the unique nature of policing. It added: 'The government received some strong responses against this [proposal], in particular from public service representatives such as the Fire Brigades Union and Police Federation. These respondents argued that the change should not apply to public service schemes, and should take account of schemes which do not link to State Pension age, such as for Firefighters, Police and Armed Forces.'
Details of which officers will join the 2015 pension scheme have been made available by the Home Office and further information on this has been issued by PFEW in two FAQ documents:
We will update local federations and members once more information about the new scheme becomes available.
Andy Fittes, general secretary of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: "I am extremely pleased that the government has listened to reason and will not be putting the minimum pension age for officers in the 2015 scheme up two years to 57. The Staff Side of the Police Negotiating Board put together a strong, well-reasoned case as to why this would not be in the interests of officers or the public and it is gratifying to see all that hard work pay off. Policing cannot be viewed in the same way as other professions, officers must be properly rewarded and recognised for the difficult and dangerous work they do."
Following on from the pension seminars please find attached a link to the PMAS police pension reform page which gives lots of information on the proposed new scheme. As soon as we have more information we will circulate it.
Police officers across England and Wales have helped to secure a debate on police pensions. The debate which has been tabled by Keith Vaz, Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee will take place at Westminster Hall on 28 November 2012. From the e-petition set up by Nigel Tompsett which gained over 100,000 signatures to Federation members contacting Mr Vaz directly - all have played their part in getting this debate secured. It is now important that members contact their MPs to ensure they ask questions during the debate and raise the key issues to ensure this opportunity has a beneficial outcome and does not go unheard.
MPs should be made aware of the following points:
- Section 2 of the Police Pensions Act should be honoured by the government. For more information on section http://www.polfed.org/Statement_IanRennie_clarification_over_section2_PolicePensionsAct.pdf
- Any new pensions introduced should only be for new recruits.
- In our submission we stated that there was no necessity to increase the contribution rate OR the retirement age.
- These terms were rejected by the Home Office and the Treasury Department who determined that all public servants will pay more for their pensions.
Information about your local MP can be found here: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/
Statement on Pensions - Ian Rennie
You will be aware that the Home Secretary's letter of 3rd July 2012 indicated that her officials and representatives of both Sides of PNB should continue discussions to achieve 'an agreed framework for a reformed police pension scheme' by 24th July.
These discussions have continued and at the PNB meeting today it was agreed that there will be further dialogue. We are working extremely hard to get the best pension scheme possible for police officers.
I will keep you informed of any developments.
Police Federation of England and Wales
I am aware that the future of Police Pensions is an issue of great concern for all police officers, particularly as the consultation process on a new police pension scheme is about to commence.
I can confirm that the Home Secretary wrote to John Randall, the Independent Chair of the Police Negotiating Board (PNB) on the 27th March 2012 outlining the government's position for the future of police pensions and required both sides of the PNB to consider and respond to these proposals by the 22nd June. This reaffirmed the government's intention to introduce a pension scheme for police officers in line with the recommendations made by Lord Hutton for all public sector workers, in that existing public sector pension schemes would be replaced by Career Average Schemes by April 2015. Further information can be found on the HM Treasury website:
The Staff Side considered the Home Secretary's letter at a meeting on 11th April 2012. It was decided to form a Staff Side working group who with the support of our professional advisors would prepare for a series of meetings with the Official Side prior to providing our formal response to the government's proposals. Because some of the detail provided by the Home Secretary had been provided on a restricted basis Staff Side decided not to circulate it wider at that time. I have now become aware that some of the information contained within the Home Secretary's letter has been circulated to forces by the Official Side, which is likely to raise significant concern to members who may believe that this is a done deal, when in fact this is not the case.
Although the Home Secretary's letter relates to how a Career Average Police Pension Scheme may operate in the future together with suggested transitional arrangements, the complexities of these matters require us to take professional advice so that the implications for our members can be fully appreciated and understood, which will assist Staff Side to achieve the best possible pension scheme for police officers. The development of any future Police Pension Scheme of this type will involve consideration of the relationship between the accrual rate, the retirement age, the contribution rate of both the officer and the force, together with an uprating mechanism to maintain the value of the officers pension during their service. There are also significant complexities in relation to the transitional arrangements of both the 1987 and 2006 Police Pension Schemes.
The first meeting of both sides of the PNB Working Group to consider these matters is on Wednesday 2nd May and will be followed by a number of other meetings. As we are now entering an extensive period of consultation on these proposals it is difficult for me to be definitive about the future police pension scheme. I would however assure you that with the support of our advisors we will be doing our very best for the future pensions of police officers.
Whilst the proposed changes to police pensions are currently the subject of consultation the details of the final scheme have yet to be determined. 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.
Please contact your local Federation Office for details of the march.
I look forward to seeing you at the march and I will keep you informed of developments.
Police Federation of E&W