Pension Reform – Freedom and Choice in Pensions

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You may be aware that, in his most recent budget, the Chancellor announced changes to way that pensions can be taken to allow individuals greater freedom of choice. Following his announcement, the Treasury launched a consultation exercise on several proposals to alter existing provisions in relation to pensions.  One of these was to raise the […]

PNB Circular – Temporary promotion to ACC/Commander

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A new PNB Circular has been published (see document below) which enables Superintendents/Chief Superintendents who are required to perform Temporary ACC/Commander duties to elect whether to take a pensionable temporary salary or a non-pensionable, but taxable, honorarium as an alternative. Since the changes to Annual Allowance, which resulted in the threshold being reduced from £250,000 […]

Briefing to the new Pay Review Body (PRRB)

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  Earlier this month Irene Curtis, Joanna Young and Tim Jackson met with members of the new Pay Review Body, which is to replace the Police Negotiating Board later this year.  The purpose of the meeting was to brief members on the what it is that Superintendents and Chief Superintendents do, and to provide them […]

Superintending Pay Scales

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Revised pay scales for superintendent ranks was introduced on 1 April 2014.  There are no rates for 2011 and 2012 due to the Government two-year public sector pay freeze, which included the police service. Superintendents The pay scale introduced from 1 April 2014 has been reduced from five pay points to four. Pay point With […]

New Pay Scales for Superintending Ranks

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New Pay Scales for Superintending Ranks New pay scales for Superintending ranks came in on 1st April 2014. The HO and PNB Circulars can be found via the links below. The Circulars, which were forwarded to force pay roll departments towards the end of March and should have been implemented in time for 1st April, […]

Annual Allowance Calculator

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Annual Allowance Calculator An excel spreadsheet has been developed by one of the financial advisors who works with us.  This calculator will enable members to obtain an indication as to whether they are likely to exceed the AA threshold during 2014/15.  It can be accessed via the link below. It is important that you note […]

Changes to Lifetime Allowance

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Changes to Lifetime Allowance – are you confused about ‘protection’? The Association understands that some forces are circulating information to members about the change to Lifetime Allowance (LTA) which will come into effect from 5th April 2014, and which will result in the allowance being reduced from £1.5m to £1.25m. It would seem that in […]

Budget Summary 2014 – Main Provisions

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Budget Summary 2014   Two of the firms of financial advisors who support the Association have kindly provided us with a summary of the main provisions of last week’s budget.  A document provided by Phil Pearson (St James’s Place) can be accessed via this link and a document provided by Rob Blount (Police Mutual) is […]

Single Tier State Pension

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An article prepared by Clint Elliott, Chief Executive, National Association of Retired Police Officers The Government intend to introduce a new single tier state pension from 2016. The new legislation is going through Parliament almost without a single dissenting voice from any party in the house. It has been sold as a simpler system which will deliver […]

How the Annual Alowance is Calculated

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Annual Allowance – Explanatory Circular A circular has been produced by PNB Staff Side which shows how Annual Allowance is calculated.  It includes several worked examples which you might find useful. A link to the document, which has been published as a JBB Circular, can be found below. 170214 – JBB Circular 004 – Pensions’ […]

Increase in Pension Contribution Rates

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Increase in Pension Contribution Rates Following a period of consultation, the Policing Minister has decided to implement the third year of the planned increase in member contribution rates.  Staff Side’s response to the consultation was circulated recently via e bulletin. This increase, which will take effect from April 2014, will result in the contribution rates […]

Introduction of New Pay Scales for Superintending Ranks

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The following has been prepared to explain how the new pay scales for Superintendents and Chief Superintendents will be implemented with effect from on 1st April 2014. Please note that this is based on various agreements that were reached in a series of PNB meetings running up to July 2013.  These agreements have yet to […]

Proposal to Increase Police Pension Contribution Rates

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Proposal to Increase Police Pension Contribution Rates – Staff Side Response The Policing Minister has recently consulted upon a proposal to increase member contribution rates w.e.f. April 2014. This will be the third annual increase in contribution rates following the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s announcement at the start of this current CSR period. The increase […]

PAT Award on Compulsory Severance

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The PSAEW welcomes the award of the independent Police Arbitration Tribunal (PAT) in respect of compulsory severance.  In rejecting the Official Side’s request to have compulsory severance introduced to the police service the PAT have clearly listened to the arguments which Graham Cassidy, Tim Jackson and other members of the Staff Side have been making, […]

Police Pensions Reform – FAQs

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HOME OFFICE CIRCULAR 14/2013 ON LONG TERM REFORM OF POLICE PENSIONS - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS The Home Secretary announced the Government’s position on the long term reform of police pensions on 4th September 2012. We have previously published the following FAQs: about the Home Secretary’s announcement and pension reform on 14th September 2012; and about mis-selling […]

Police Pensions Reform – Home Office Circular 14/2013

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In September 2012, the Home Secretary announced her decision on a framework for a new police pension scheme from April 2015. Since then the Home Office have been working on the detailed design of the new scheme in consultation with the Police Negotiating Board, where the interests of police officers are represented by police staff […]

Temp Supt or C/Supt – Are You Being Paid the Correct Salary?

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Until fairly recently, officers who had a break in temporary service in a higher rank and were then either promoted temporarily (again) or substantively did not benefit from any of their previous temporary service in the higher rank being counted as ‘reckonable’ service for incremental progression (or pension) purposes. This meant that an officer could […]

Judicial Review against the CC of Bedfordshire Police

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Update on PSAEW’s Judicial Review against the CC of Bedfordshire Police regarding  Implementation of Regulation A19 – Police Pensions Regulations 1987 In February and March of this year the PSAEW mounted a judicial review of the decision made by the CC of Bedfordshire Police in late 2011 to implement Regulation A19 in order to compulsorily […]

Seminar on Pension Reforms – 1 May 2013

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On 1st May, the Association hosted a pension seminar at The Chesford Grange Hotel, Warwickshire, for those members who will not be covered by ‘full protection’ when the reforms to the police pension schemes come into effect in April 2015. Approximately 170 of our current membership come with this group and around 100 of them […]

Pay Review Body for the Police Service

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Tom Winsor proposed in his Review of Pay and Conditions of Service for Police Officers and Staff that the Police Negotiating Board (PNB) should be replaced with a Pay Review Body for police pay (up to and including the rank of Chief Superintendent) by 2014. The Home Secretary has decided to implement this recommendation and […]

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