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4 July 2019
However, Rich Cooke, chair of West Midlands Police Federation, does not feel the Federation is going far enough.
He explains: “We should be demanding full reversion to the original schemes we joined in good faith, on the basis of clear promises. This must be our ambition. I urge us to join with the rest of the public sector and make this our number one priority. Nothing else is acceptable, in my view.”
After Monday’s advisory board meeting, John Apter said: “The Government would not be drawn into what they were going to do next, or how they would be reacting to the Supreme Court judgement. But they said they would release a statement before Parliament’s summer recess begins on 25 July. This statement outlining their position cannot come soon enough.” He added: “The legal case has been made by the Appeal Court ruling; now is the time for the Government to step up and morally do the right thing."
And John concluded: “If their statement does not meet our expectations, then we are prepared to lodge claims on behalf of our membership. That work has already started.”
The national chair has also accepted that the Federation’s handling of the pensions issue had not been ideal.
“We accept that, although the Federation has always acted in good faith and in line with legal advice received, the way we explained and delivered the decisions we took, and why, were not clear enough. This should have been better. We also recognise the anxiety and frustration it has caused but now is the time to steady the ship to get the best possible outcome for our members,” John said.
“Yes, these have been divisive times, and rifts have been caused among our 120,000-strong membership. The job is hard enough as it is without turning on each other, but we need to heal those rifts now and work together to achieve what we want.”