Pensions Update - July 2019
Police Pensions are particularly topical at the moment. Members have been quit rightly raising frustrations and concerns about the activity being undertaken by the National Police Federation on this matter. A National Council Meeting was held this month whereby this subject was discussed in great details and concerns raised by members locally were presented by the relevant Local Branch Boards.
We are listening to you and we are presenting the local views to the National Federation. The below statement should hopefully help with clarity on the current PFEW pension position..... which is followed by a link to current FAQ's.
- Our stance has always been that police officers should have stayed in the pension schemes they signed up to, or better, and that remains our stance in any future discussions with Government over police officer pensions.
- It was scandalous that the Government forced the changes they made to pensions back in 2012, but legally they had the power to do so. There are no negotiation rights for police officers on pensions.
- Following the Judges'/Firefighters' ruling, the Government has said they will release a statement on the issue before Parliament’s summer recess begins on 25 July. We are talking to other public sector unions in advance of that announcement and are of course listening to the views of all police officers, including those who are part of the 'Pension Challenge'.
- We have previously made it clear we would not be paying the private legal fees for the 'Pension Challenge'. This position remains unchanged.
- Once the Government proposes a remedy – which is likely to be a protracted process and potentially affect all public sector pensions - if it becomes necessary for us to mount a legal challenge on behalf of all police officers in England and Wales then we stand ready to do so. It may be that no one has to submit claims.
The importance of fair and just pensions for police officers – who sacrifice so much during their working careers to serve and protect the public – cannot be understated.
There has been much discussion over what has gone before but we now need to move forward collectively. Not just as a Police Federation but as proud police officers. A collective and non-fragmented voice has the ability to be very powerful and to get the best terms and conditions it can for officers across the country.
Pension FAQ's - July 2019