Suffolk Discounted Tickets - updated 21/7/14
You can purchase the following discounted tickets from the Suffolk Police Federation Office at The Pines, Portal Avenue, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, Suffolk IP5 3QS. Please call 01473 782001/email Suffolk@polfed.org to check availability of tickets and then send a cheque made payable to “Suffolk Police Federation” stating ticket requirements to the above address with a stamped addressed envelope and note of how many tickets required. They will be sent by return.
Latest Nato Update
The 65th NATO Summit will be held this year in Newport, South Wales. The Summit is being held on the 4th and 5th September at the Celtic Manor Hotel and will host approximately 60 delegates from the 28 member states.
Approximately 14,000 people are expected to descend on Newport over the two days. This will be the largest policing operation ever held in Wales and the largest joint operation since the policing of the 2012 London Olympics.
Changes to the State Pension
Below is a link to a government website which gives a fairly digestible description of how the basic state pension works and how the new single tier state pension will work. However, in summary the situation is as follows;
• The new single tier state pension will only impact on men born on or after 6th April 1951 and women born on or after 6th April 1953, i.e. those people who reach state pension age (SPA) on or after 6th April 2016.
New Commutation Factors for retirement on the grounds of ill-health
From 22 May commutation rates have decreased for PPS members whose pension comes into payment below the age of 48 years and 6 months. The factors for all other ages remain the same.
The Government Actuary's Department says the reason for the decrease relates to the lower expected life expectancy of future ill-health retirees.
I am in the process of writing to the Home Office to query GAD’s assumptions for this change and the evidence upon which it is based.
I will keep you informed of any developments.
General Secretary PFEW
Latest on PFEW Reform
The Police Federation has signed up to an historic move to enshrine the interests of officers and the public at its core
The Police Federation will hold both officers and the public interest at the heart of the organisation after agreeing this will form part of their ‘core purpose’ today.
The Interim National Board (INB) and Interim National Council (INC) agreed the historic move at the inaugural meeting of the new council which will be the first change to the organisation’s core purpose since the Police Federation was set up in 1919.
Steve White, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales and the INC, said: “This is another move forward as an organisation and demonstrates our commitment to reform.
“It is crucial we ensure we are working to put members at the heart of what we do, we are transparent and that we act in the interests of both officers and the public.”
A change in the revised core purpose to include the public interest element and provide a credible and trusted voice for officers was outlined in recommendation 1 of the Independent Review of the Police Federation, instigated by the organisation itself and carried out by the RSA.
The revised core purpose reads:
“That PFEW agrees that in fulfilling its statutory responsibilities for the welfare and efficiency of its members the Federation at all levels will:
- ensure that its members are fully informed and that there is the highest degree of transparency in decision-making and use of resources;
- maintain exemplary standards of conduct, integrity and professionalism;
- act in the interests of the members and the public, seeking to build public confidence in the police service and accepting public accountability for its use of public money;
- work together within the Federation and in partnership with others in the policing world to achieve its goals.”
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Motor Source Group Offers
Updated for June 2014
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Voice Mobile Offers for June 2014
Philip Williams Bupa Healthcare
The Philip Williams Bupa Healthcare Scheme offers excellent levels of cover at significantly discounted rates for Police Officers, Police Staff and their families, with the benefits of a fully insured scheme from the UK's market leader.
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.