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West Midlands Police Federation

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Retirement seminars re-start

23 July 2020

The Federation’s retirement seminars programme has been resumed but with reduced numbers of officers being able to attend and social distancing and other safety measures in place.

Aimed at officers in their last three years of service, the seminars planned for April, May and June were all cancelled and any member who may have missed out as a result is being offered the chance to re-schedule or take part in a webinar that would cover many of the topics in a more condensed format.

“We are scoping the feasibility of putting together a webinar which might also be useful as a pre-attendance session for the full seminars and full details will be announced shortly,” says Steve Grange, secretary of West Midlands Police Federation.

“We are also considering a pensions and financial wellbeing webinar that would be open to officers with more time left before they retire to provide information about their pension and also to help t in making financial decisions that would be more beneficial by having a longer timeframe to take effect.

“Members interested in re-arranging a seminar or taking part in either of the planned webinars should just register their interest by emailing the Federation.”

The existing seminar programme restarted on 23 July. PPE was provided for everyone attending with cleaning stations and hand sanitisers also available. Where possible, a one-way system was in place.

Those attending are usually encouraged to take their partners along too but for the remainder of this year at least, due to the restrictions on numbers to allow for social distancing, they will be open to officers only.

Among the topics covered at the seminars are:

  • Managing change and uncertainty
  • CV writing and interview techniques
  • Transferable skills
  • Pensions
  • How do I manage money and these financial changes?
  • Budgeting
  • Starting your own business
  • Taxation
  • New horizons (what’s next?)
  • Savings
  • Investments and finances
  • Protecting your wealth.

Members are being urged to register their interest in attending retirement seminars in 2021 by emailing the Federation Office.

Please ensure you put ‘Retirement seminar’ and the month you would prefer to attend in the subject title and include your name, work email address, personal email address, personal phone number and proposed retirement date in the email.

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