We have been supporting a campaign seeking to achieve police spouse pensions for life, initially started by our widow member Kate Hall.
Kate launched a petition on this topic last year and the petition attracted over 70,000 signatures. You still have the opportunity to sign that petition through a link on this site but we now wish to enlist your support in drawing more attention to the campaign directly with the recently elected members of Parliament.
Although the Government appear to have made some concessions towards spouses in this matter, those concessions have not yet been consolidated in law but in any case leave police widows and widowers in England, Wales and Scotland at a disadvantage when compared with widows and widowers of police officers from Northern Ireland, where the legislation has been changed to allow all police widows and widowers to retain their pension entitlement following co-habitation or remarriage.
We have drafted a letter on this topic with specific reference to the situation in Northern Ireland, which you may be happy to send to your local Member of Parliament to assist us in this campaign. Local Members of Parliament may also be interested in specific cases of how the current restriction on co-habitation and remarriage affects our members who are their own constituents.
Details of your Member of Parliament can be found at: FIND MY MP
We have published the final decision on the complaint made by Mr Milne against the Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) about the factor used to convert his pension into a lump sum at retirement and whether the factors should have been reviewed earlier than they were.
Tony King, the Pensions Ombudsman, has decided in Mr Milne’s favour. The Pensions Ombudsman decided that the factors should have been reviewed between 1998 and 2005, when Mr Milne retired. He has directed GAD to assess what the factor would have been in 2005 if reviews had taken place and to notify the administrator of the relevant part of the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme so that they can recalculate the cash sum. He also directed GAD to pay interest on any additional cash sum, from Mr Milne’s retirement date.
See more at: PENSION OMBUDSMAN and on our Police Pensions page.