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.
‘Mixed messages’ on widows’ pensions
Campaigners calling for police widows' pensions to be paid for life even if they co-habit or remarry are still waiting for firm details of the changes announced in the Budget in March.
The Chancellor said in his Budget speech that widows, widowers and surviving civil partners of police officers who “lose their lives on duty” in England and Wales will no longer lose their survivors’ benefits in future if they remarry, form a civil partnership or cohabit. This then became “….police officers and firefighters killed on duty” in the Budget report.
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.
Federation Conference 2015
PENSIONS OMBUDSMAN’S DETERMINATION ON COMMUTATION + Q & A for Administrators
A recent determination by the Pensions Ombudsman on commutation factors may have implications for police officers who retired from 1 December 2001 to 30 November 2006.
This circular provides the background to a complaint, by a retired firefighter, to the Pensions Ombudsman of maladministration against the Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) in respect of commutation factors. It also highlights the main points from the Pension Ombudsman’s determination, which upheld the member’s complaint, and explains the next steps in the process.
We have now also included a Q & A produced for scheme administrators
Support the National Police Memorial Day
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 White FCMI
Chairman Police Federation of England and Wales
Keynote Speeches given to Conference
You can now read the full keynote speeches given to the PFEW National Conference by both Steve White, Chair of the PFEW (pictured), and Theresa May, Home Secretary.
Stop Search Newsletter May 2015
This is the latest newsletter from the College of Policing on stop/search powers. Click here to read more....
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.
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.
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.
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.
Motor Source Group Offers
Updated for summer 2015
See the latest offers from the Motor Source Group for the following makes: