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Survivors shouldn’t have to choose between financial security and happiness.
We need a UK-wide policy that mirrors Northern Ireland’s, ensuring that those that remarry or cohabit after the loss of their loved one retain their pensions in full, regardless of circumstance.
Further information about the campaign is contained in these leaflets: Widows Pension for Life and An inequality in a United Kingdom
It’s time to get rid of this inequality. #pensionsforlife
Today at the Manchester District Registry, a High Court Judge considered and determined the Defendant’s (Secretary of State for the Home Department) application to strike out our claim in respect of our legal proceedings.
This is an extremely complex procedural case and the Judge heard submissions from both parties. At the conclusion I am happy to report that the Judge did not strike out our claim.
However, he did direct that in 14 days we should be in a position to lay the claim through the appropriate legal process.
Therefore, over the coming days, ourselves and our legal team will consider the Judge’s direction and decide which is the best course of action to successfully pursue our claim.
Steve Edwards CEO NARPO
The Manchester District Registry has fixed a full day on 7th May 2021 when a High Court Judge will be available to consider and determine the Defendant’s (Secretary of State for the Home Department) application to strike out our claim.
Article in Guardian Newspaper-
The Home Office is being forced to defend regulations in England and Wales that are less generous than similar schemes operating in Northern Ireland and Scotland, and for members of the armed services.
Lawyers acting on behalf of four widows and a widower on Friday 21st August lodged their claim against the government in the high court in Manchester, alleging that regulation C9 of the 1987 police pension scheme breaches their human rights.
The National Association for Retired Police Officers and the Police Federation, which both support the legal action, say the rules force bereaved partners to choose between “financial security or isolation”.
Brian Burdus, the president of Narpo, said: “We have been campaigning to remove this archaic and unfair regulation for a number of years, due to the restrictions it places on the rights of widows and widowers.”
He added: “It is extremely disappointing that the government have not worked with us to resolve this matter, despite our repeated attempts, but we hope now that the court will deliver justice so that widows and survivors are not faced with making the choice between financial security or isolation.”
To see the full Guardian article, please use the following link-
Joint legal challenge by NARPO and the Police Federation. Papers lodged in High Court in Manchester to challenge regulation C9 on the basis that it contravenes Human Rights.
We have been working hard with our solicitors since the last update and we have now gathered information from those widows, widowers, and families of those who have been affected by this Regulation and we have identified several lead claimants who now form the basis of the claim.
Statements have been obtained from those lead claimants and a Protocol letter of claim has been formulated. That Protocol letter of claim was sent to the Secretary of State on the 2nd December in which the Claimants submit that the Rule is contrary to Article 8 and Article 14 (read with Article 8) of the European Convention on Human Rights and must, therefore, be disapplied by Police pension authorities.
The Secretary of State is required to make a formal letter of response to the claim within 14 days of receipt and at that stage, we will further review the prospects of success and consider whether formal proceedings can and should be commenced at Court. Those proceedings will be by written submissions, no oral evidence will be required. We now await the response of the Secretary of State.
You can view the video that was first played at the 2019 Conference here-
Pensions for Life
As a result of the last appeal in May’s NARPO News, quite a good number of widows and widowers have contacted us to give us their stories of how they and their families have been affected, but we are still looking for more.
If you have been affected by this archaic Regulation please complete this Questionnaire
Please read this Explanatory Note to go with the Questionnaire
Your NARPO Branch Secretary will also be able to provide you with a copy.
We need as many members as possible to come forward and provide us with
their details, to strengthen the nature of the claim.
On Wednesday 1st May 2019 at Portcullis House, London, we held another drop-in reception to raise awareness of our Widows/Widowers Pension For Life campaign, which calls for parity for police widows/widowers within the United Kingdom, should they choose to remarry or cohabit following the death of their husband/wife.
The reception was a good opportunity to reach Members from both Houses.
A Parliamentarian Briefing document was given to MP’s and their Advisers with the actions we would like them to take in support of this Campaign.
Please find the following link to those MPs or representatives who attended-
Drop In attendees
Holly Lynch MP tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) which can be found here:
Police widows pension equality
We also encourage NARPO members to write to their MP to highlight this extremely important campaign and to support the EDM.
Please use this link to the template letter for members to complete and send to their MP- Letter to MP
You can find your MP at: Find your MP
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