Although there is a separate Police Federation for the CNC, the Constabulary’s Superintending ranks are part of the PSAEW. The CNC is not a ‘Home Office’ police force and, as such, its members have different terms and conditions of service (including pension arrangements).
The process that the Home Office police forces (and BTP) undertook prior to April 2015, which led to the end of final salary pension schemes and the introduction of a new CARE scheme, is now being undertaken within the CNC. You will recall that the normal retirement age (NRA) for the PPS 2015 is age 60; however, during discussions with officials a lower age of retirement was secured (55 years) at which point officers could retire and immediately take both their final salary and their career average pensions. The only option currently being proposed for the CNC is that members will move into a CARE scheme from April 2017 and that the NRA for the scheme will be state retirement age (currently age 67 rising to 68).
The CNC is predominantly a permanently armed capability and is responsible for the security of the UK’s nuclear establishments, as well as the secure transportation of nuclear material within and outside the UK. The logic and practical implications of the proposed pension reforms is questionable on a number of fronts, not least of which is the appropriateness of having armed police officers on patrol aged 67/68 (assuming they can pass re-qualification) and the potential impact this will have upon interoperability.
A video (linked below) has been produced by CNC’s Police Federation which illustrates why this decision needs to be reviewed. The National Secretary is supporting members of the CNC Branch in this process