How Many Rest Days am I Entitled To?

Police Regulations 2003, Regulation 22, Annex E, paragraph 4 (c) (i) state Superintendents and Chief Superintendent are permitted 8 monthly leave days. Subsequent Regulations state that a ‘month’ is defined as a period of 28 days.

 

How Much Annual Leave am I Entitled To?

Police Regulations 2003, Regulation 33, Annex O, paragraph 1, (a) ( i) state the annual leave entitlement for Superintendents and Chief Superintendents is 31 days. This is a fixed amount and does not increase with service in the rank.

 

Can I Get Advice About Pension Issues from the Association?

There is a responsibility on forces to provide information about the Police Pension Scheme (‘PPS’ or ‘1987 Scheme’) and the New Police Pension Scheme (‘NPPS’ or ‘2006 Scheme’) to contributing members. Many forces produce a booklet about the schemes. Likewise force Finance/Pension Departments should be able to answer specific queries. However, if Association members have either general or specific pension queries then National Office is available as a source of information. A Guide to the Police Pension Scheme is available from the Home Office.

Following the Hutton Review of public sector pensions, and Part 2 of the Winsor Review, both the PPS and the NPPS are due to be replaced by a Career Average Related Earnings (CARE) scheme in 2015. The closure of the existing scheme and the introduction of the new scheme will mean that some current Superintendents and Chief Superintendents will, due to their length of service, have to transfer across to the new scheme. Transitionary arrangements will be put in place, however, the exact details are not yet known as agreement on the principles of the new scheme has yet to be reached. Although Staff Side cannot formally ‘negotiate’ over changes to the current pension schemes, ‘discussions’ are taking place within a Technical Working Group of the Police Pensions Working Group. Frequent updates on this important piece of work are provided to members by means of e-bulletin.

 

How Does the Association Negotiate My Pay and Conditions?

The workings of the Police Negotiating Board (PNB) and the Police Advisory Board of England and Wales (PABEW) are not easily explained in a few sentences. There are strict rules about which matters are dealt with at PNB (matters which are ‘negotiable’) and which matters are dealt with at PABEW (matters where the outcome is ‘advisory’ to ministers).

There is a Superintendents’ Committee within the Police Negotiating Board which is made up of two Sides; the Official Side (representing the employer) and the Staff Side. The Staff Side comprises representatives from the Association’s National Executive Committee and the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents and the Superintendents Association of Northern Ireland. The Negotiating Secretary of the Staff Side is traditionally the National Secretary of the PSAEW. All matters that affect the pay and conditions of service of Superintendents and Chief Superintendents are dealt with within the Superintendents’ Committee, unless they affect all police officers in which cases they are dealt with in the Full Committee of the PNB.

The Full Committee of the PNB deals with all issues relevant to every police officer, regardless of rank. The PNB and the PABEW meet at least four times a year but Working Groups and Technical Groups will meet as required.