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The Legal Challenge - an update by Steve Trigg, Chair, SWPF: There can be few officers affected by the changes to the CARE Pension scheme who have not been concerned that they have been subject to this change without prior consultation and, for most, contrary to their wishes.
The Police Federation of England and Wales has published an FAQ document and circulated their view that following legal advice there is no credible avenue to pursue a legal challenge against those changes.
As a result, a group of officers from GMP has organised their own challenge in conjunction with a London based law firm, Leigh Day.
On Monday 12th October, 2015 I travelled to London for a presentation from their QC, Keith Bryant, and the following is a summary of that meeting.
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.
Widows' Pension Campaign - no widow should be left behind
Home Secretary Theresa May announced on Monday that the widows of police officers who died in the line of duty will no longer lose their pensions if they re-marry or choose to co-habit.
But those who have already re-married or moved in with a partner will not have them reinstated.
The news comes after months of campaigning by a group of police widows led by Kate Hall, whose husband Colin, a West Midlands Police dog handler, died on duty in 1987, and the announcement came on the day the campaigners visited Downing Street to hand over a volume made up of comments from their supporters.
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.
- 4 December 2015
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/
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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