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Sign widows’ pensions petition
Almost 74,000 people have now signed a petition calling for police widows’ pensions to be paid for life - even if they remarry or co-habit.
A total of 100,000 signatures are required for the campaign to be considered for debate in the House of Commons.
Although serving and retired officers have been signing the petition it would appear that there are still thousands who are not aware of the campaign. It is hoped that more people will sign and share the petition:
Change.org Police Widows’ Pension Campaign entered into Google will also take you to the petition if you are having problems with the link.
West Midlands Police widow Kate Hall has already achieved considerable success with her campaign, with the Chancellor’s Budget statement outlining plans to change the pension rules.
“I am delighted with the breakthrough that we have made with our campaign. Comparatively few widows and widowers will benefit from the changes this time around, but for those who will benefit it could be life-changing,” she says.
“They will be free to choose a family life and retain the pension that is rightfully theirs; many children will experience for the first time a family home with two resident adults who love and care for them – it seems bizarre that anyone would wish to deny them that.
“We will, of course, continue to campaign for parity with the RUC widows in Northern Ireland and life-long pensions for all police survivors. In the run-up to the General Election, supporters of the campaign are writing to their local Parliamentary candidates to ask for their support should they be successful in their bid to be elected MP.
“We would appreciate it if anyone reading this would do the same. When we know the combination of Government we will be dealing with post-election, we will tailor our approach accordingly and updates will continue to go out to signatories of the petition.”
A statement from the Police Federation has explained: “The view from the Home Office is that irrespective of who wins the election the detail will be forthcoming. There will need to be a change of legislation to implement the change and this will be laid by the new administration post-election.”
Police Officers will have to provide DNA
This circular publicises amendments to Police Regulations 2003 and Special Constables Regulations 1965 which implement the College of Policing’s decision to permit forces to take DNA samples from serving officers and special constables and to check information derived from the sample (DNA profile) against samples or DNA profiles taken in accordance with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984(a) or recovered from scenes of crime.
Pay Survey 2015
The following has been sent out by the PFEW today and we would encourage as many people as possible to complete it. This is a genuine means of getting your views heard and, in fairness, Leatherhead did use the results to feed into the PRRB discussions last year. It'll just take a couple of minutes so why not?
“This Police Federation survey is your opportunity to tell us what you think about pay and conditions. We ran a very similar survey last year, and it formed the core part of our evidence to the Police Remuneration Review Body. The results will provide me and my team with the critical evidence to argue your case to them, and to influence any changes. Your views can make a difference. The more people that complete this questionnaire the more strength it will give us to keep people at the highest levels of policing informed of your point of view. Please take the time to complete the survey so that I can be in a position to represent you as you would wish. Thank you for your time”.
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
The deadline for transferring-in a pension from a previous employment has been extended to Friday, 10th April 2015. Don't delay in getting this done as you will not be able to transfer-in after this date. This only applies to those who have a pension entitlement from a previous employment that has not already been transferred into the police pension scheme.
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.
Limited Duties Policy to be introduced on 1 May 2015
You can now view the Home Office draft guidance on the implementation of the new policy on limited duties which will now include recuperative duties, adjusted duties and management restricted duties.
This is an important policy change as it could include the loss of the operational x-factor that was referred to in the Winsor Review.
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.
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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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Changes to the Philip Williams Bupa Scheme
The annual pricing review for the PW Bupa Healthcare Scheme has now been completed. The good news is that significant growth in scheme numbers during the past 12 months has enabled us to negotiate a good deal with Bupa, which has kept monthly subscription increases to an absolute minimum and below the level of medical inflation, whilst still providing the most comprehensive and affordable healthcare product in the Police market.
The new premiums are listed on the attached Rating Table and will apply with effect from 1st December 2014, dependent upon age band on this date.
You may not be aware of all the benefits this scheme provides for your members and their families. Here are a few key points:-
- Up to 12 months FREE membership for Student Officers in their 1st Year of service and significantly discounted rates available in Year 2
- First 2 months subscription FREE for any new member joining the scheme
- No waiting lists for musculoskeletal injuries meaning that you can return to work and continue with your training sooner.
- No limit on the number of claims you can make – the number or cost of claims you make will not affect your premium as an individual
- Access to a nationwide network of over 180 Bupa accredited hospitals means that you can choose the one most convenient for you and also at a time of day to suit your lifestyle.
- Full cancer and cardiology cover with no cap on approved treatments, therapies and drugs which may not be available on the NHS.
- Access to Bupa’s Health Line, a 24 hour, 365 days a year health line, staffed by fully qualified Nurses offering guidance and advice on any medical issue totally free of charge.
As NHS funding is under pressure, and there are increasing demands on the service, continued membership of this scheme ensures prompt access to diagnosis and treatment as this could impact future job security and lifestyle.