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SWP Federation's Football Tickets
REGISTER AT http://swpf.org/football/
The South Wales Federation has again purchased 2 season tickets for both Swansea City FC and Cardiff City FC. These tickets will be made available for every game of the season and will be offered intially to those who have a serious welfare consideration. If you have such a consideration, or know someone who has, please submit the details of the circumstances to your divisional rep who will forward them to the office for consideration.
Where no such welfare consideration has been submitted, the tickets will be subject to a draw from those who have registered an interest in attending that particular game. You can register your interest in attending individual games on our dedicated football site at http://swpf.org/football/
Only serving South Wales officers are eligible to register.
Please register only for those games that you will be able to attend. Registering for games on days which you are not available simply causes undue bureaucracy and wastes time. Please don't register for the same game more than once as duplicate entries will be deleted.
The draws will take place around 2 weeks prior to the respective game and the winners will be informed accordingly. Therefore, please include an accurate email address/mobile number so that we can quickly contact you.
The first home game for Swansea is against Newcastle on 15 August and the first home game for Cardiff is against Fulham on 8 August.
REGISTER AT http://swpf.org/football/
‘Mixed messages’ on widows’ pensions
Campaigners calling for police widows' pensions to be paid for life even if they co-habit or remarry are still waiting for firm details of the changes announced in the Budget in March.
The Chancellor said in his Budget speech that widows, widowers and surviving civil partners of police officers who “lose their lives on duty” in England and Wales will no longer lose their survivors’ benefits in future if they remarry, form a civil partnership or cohabit. This then became “….police officers and firefighters killed on duty” in the Budget report.
GREEK ECONOMIC CRISIS
General advice from travel organisations is to take more cash when holidaying in Greece in the event of it becoming difficult to access money from ATMs, banks and exchanges.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) recommends taking more than one type of payment method abroad so holidaymakers should be taking adequate cash along with other types of payment method – debit, credit and pre-paid cards.
Increased cash limits
For insured adults travelling to Greece and Greek Islands between now and up to 30/09/15 (Date subject to review and may revert to normal limits if the economic situation normalises sooner), we’ve temporarily doubled the limit for cash which is lost or stolen while on holiday up to £600 per adult for members travelling to Greece or the Greek Islands on or before 30 September, 2015. It’s an automatic increase to the cover so members don’t have to do anything.
We’d encourage members to consider taking smaller denominations, splitting money between travellers, and keeping it in safety deposit boxes to avoid carrying too much around. Please note the limit of £50 for persons under 18 years is unaltered.
Police Unity Tour 2015
Having just about to reach 30 odd years of service, I am reminded by own memories of officers and colleagues who did not get this far in their service. Their loss is most strongly felt by the families who are left behind with enormous gaping holes in their lives.
COPs is an important lifeline to those families, offering assistance and guidance to those who need help at that time. This is important to me, and I would be greatly appreciative of any help you can give me to support this important charity.
Rachel, Matt, Jim and I will be riding some 200 miles over three days from Cardiff to the Police National Memorial Service at the Stafford Arboretum over the weekend of the 24th-26th July.
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.
Great deals on Alt-Berg Boots
To view the latest deals for Federation members on Alt-Berg boots, visit their dedicated federation site by clicking here. You can obtain the password required from the forum (under Member Services) or by ringing the office on 59-762.
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PENSIONS OMBUDSMAN’S DETERMINATION ON COMMUTATION + Q & A for Administrators
A recent determination by the Pensions Ombudsman on commutation factors may have implications for police officers who retired from 1 December 2001 to 30 November 2006.
This circular provides the background to a complaint, by a retired firefighter, to the Pensions Ombudsman of maladministration against the Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) in respect of commutation factors. It also highlights the main points from the Pension Ombudsman’s determination, which upheld the member’s complaint, and explains the next steps in the process.
We have now also included a Q & A produced for scheme administrators
Support the National Police Memorial Day
As you know, NPMD is a charitable organisation who relies solely on donations in order to provide the day of national remembrance many of you attend to pay our respects to our fallen colleagues and their families.
As highlighted at conference, Andy Fittes and I are running the Bristol 10k in 2 weeks time to raise money for this worthy cause.
Please follow the link below and consider a donation either personally or from your boards. Please also feel free to forward the link to your members and senior officers, to whom I will also be writing asking for support.
Many thanks in advance,
Steve White FCMI
Chairman Police Federation of England and Wales
£25 off at Bluestone National Park Resort
You can now get a £25 discount at Bluestone National Park Resort by visiting our dedicated Bluestone web site. Click this link for more information: www.bluestonewales.com/southwalespolice
Cuts Have Consequences
South Wales Police has over 500 police officers less than in 2007
For a period of 3 weeks from 6th April 2015, the South Wales Police Federation will be displaying banners on the rears of 120 local buses in the South Wales Police area. These banners are intended to highlight the fact that, due to budget cuts which will total £70m by 2019 in South Wales alone and which have resulted in the loss of 502 officers since 2007, the face of British policing is now irrevocably changing. The police will need to prioritise their actions and, in an age when digital crime, on-line fraud and counter-terrorism is consuming so much more police time than ever before, the public should be aware that cuts have consequences.
Our pension page
This is where you can download the information on the 2015 CARE Pension Scheme including the full Regulations relating to its implementation, the member guide on its structure and the PFEW FAQ on how it will be implemented and affect you. There are also other documents which answer some of your questions including a FAQ on the issue of mis-selling and other documents originally released by the Home Office back in 2012.
Win a Kindle Fire with Philip Williams Insurance
Philip Williams Insurance is seeking views on the South Wales group insurance scheme and has compiled a short survey which won't take more than a couple of minutes to complete. This can then be used in future to inform the debate into our insurance service provision and the level of cover we provide.
Those who complete the survey will be entered into a draw to win a fantastic Kindle Fire so please take just 2 minutes of your time and give us some feedback on the insurance and your experiences in using it.
Matrimonial Surgeries with Howells Solicitors
New dates have now been secured for our free surgeries with Howells Solicitors. If you have any matrimonial issues that you'd like to discuss in a confidential setting, contact the office to make an appointment.
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