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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.

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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.

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Widows' Pension Campaign - no widow should be left behind

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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.

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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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Surgery Dates

  • 4 December 2015

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SWP Federation's Football Tickets


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

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.


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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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.

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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.

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