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Police Pension Scheme 2015 – the legal position

Throughout the pension reform process PFEW has listened to the views and concerns of members and the Pension Challenge group, and we have taken advice from our lawyers and from leading counsel about the legality of the Government’s changes. We have recently taken further advice from leading counsel as to whether the position has changed or is affected by the publication of the Police Pensions Regulations 2015.

All possible challenges have been considered including:

• public law (judicial review: but being primary legislation, this is not subject to this);
• European law and Human Rights law (in several recent cases the European Court of Human Rights has not been swayed by arguments that those on the public service have had to bear the brunt of economic reform);
• and discrimination. (The key challenge here considered was whether these pension changes would be age discrimination: however, the law states that age discrimination can be justified as a proportionate means to a legitimate end, and it is likely to be considered as such in this instance).

At this time, we will therefore not be challenging the introduction of the Police Pension Scheme 2015. However, we will continue to monitor how the scheme operates in practice and we maintain an open mind should circumstances change that give rise to a potential successful legal challenge.

Andy Fittes
General Secretary
Police Federation of England and Wales

Gorvins Solicitors

Gorvins Solicitors; Helping YOU…While you help others

Gorvins Solicitors have acted for the police, its officers, personnel and families for more than 20 years. We are experts in all aspects of police family law and provide an unrivalled service which gets to know you and your specific situation.

From divorce and separation issues (including disputes over children, financial matters and police pensions) to residential property and helping you plan your will for the future, you can rest assured Gorvins will provide professional and personal advice to you.

WE OFFER FREE INITIAL ADVICE, FIXED FEES AND DISCOUNTED RATES FOR ALL POLICE FEDERATION MEMBERS, POLICE PERSONNEL, STAFF AND THEIR FAMILIES. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT YOUR DEDICATED GORVINS WEBPAGE HERE.

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Workforce Agreements 2015

You can now view the workforce agreements for 2015 including agreed shift patterns and their associated protocols. Also available here is the local agreement for Inspectors' hours.

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Support the National Police Memorial Day

Dear colleague,

As you know, NPMD is a charitable organisation who relies solely on donations in order to provide the day of national remembrance many of you attend to pay our respects to our fallen colleagues and their families.

As highlighted at conference, Andy Fittes and I are running the Bristol 10k in 2 weeks time to raise money for this worthy cause.

Please follow the link below and consider a donation either personally or from your boards. Please also feel free to forward the link to your members and senior officers, to whom I will also be writing asking for support.

Many thanks in advance,
Steve

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Steve White FCMI
Chairman Police Federation of England and Wales

Lasting Powers of Attorney

Have you considered what will happen to your financial affairs or personal welfare if you become mentally incapable due to an accident or illness? A comprehensive guide covering the types of Powers of Attorney and how to proceed.

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Voluntary Redundancy for Police Officers

As a result of the changes introduced following the review conducted by Tom Winsor, voluntary redundancy for police officers has been included in the tools available for use by Chief Officers at their discretion.

It is for chief officers and Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to decide whether to run a voluntary exit scheme in their force and to determine, within the terms outlined below, what criteria for eligibility to apply are appropriate. If a scheme is run, it is for those officers who fall within the criteria of those eligible to apply to decide whether the terms of the offer are right for them. Only if both sides agree to the terms and are satisfied that they are suitable should the exit proceed.

The Chief Constable of Gwent Police has announced that he is considering running a voluntary exit scheme.

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has produced guidance for forces considering running a voluntary exit scheme and you can view more information on this scheme here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/amendments-to-police-pension-scheme.

This is a very complex and hugely important decision to make. It is personal to you and you are strongly advised to seek independent financial advice before making any decision which coud affect your future financial situation.

W & G Solicitors

Watkins & Gun Solicitors are an awarding-winning South Wales law firm with offices in Pontypool, Newport and Cardiff.

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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.

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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Howells Solicitors

Matrimonial Surgeries with Howells Solicitors

The Gwent Police Federation has now secured free initial consultations with Howells Solicitors to discuss your matrimonial problems. If you have any matrimonial issues that you'd like to discuss in a confidential setting, contact the office to make an appointment or visit their web site and ring Howells directly.

Howells Legal

Check out the new Howells brochure here or view it as a pdf here

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Motor Source Group Offers

Updated for summer 2015


See the latest offers from the Motor Source Group for the following makes:

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Local News and Useful Documents

Join the Campaign Against Living Miserably community

CALM, the campaign against living miserably, offers men support and information when they’re down or in crisis at www.thecalmzone.net. We exist to prevent suicide, the single biggest killer of men aged between 20 and 45 in the UK. Latest figures show that 78% of all UK suicides were male.

A group of us from Team 2 MCU will be attempting the British 3 Peaks Challenge on 25th and 26th June 2015. This will be a year since Charlie died, and we wanted to do something to remember him. As he loved 'the great outdoors' we feel this is a fitting tribute to him.  And also we would like to help other people like him, to hopefully find an alternative to the sad route Charlie found himself on.

Click here to view the JustGiving web site address for this worthy cause

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Simply Health

You can now view the full Simply Health brochure including the ways in which you can claim and what you're entitled to by clicking here or the image above.