The Police Pension Schemes and Additional Voluntary Contributions (Amendment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2018.
There have been recent changes to the above Regulations and these include:
The buy-back of unpaid family leave
Provisions relating to the Voluntary Exit Scheme (We don’t have this in our Force)
Provisions to the Added Voluntary Contribution Scheme Linked to the Police Pension Scheme 1987.
Buy-Back of Unpaid Family Leave
Following representations from the Federation, pension regulations have been amended, as previously those in the 1987 (PPS) and 2006 (NPPS), could only buy-back periods of unpaid maternity leave and unpaid parental leave for pension purposes. Now the following types of leave are included:
Unpaid Adoption Leave.
Unpaid Ordinary Adoption Support Leave.
Unpaid Additional Adoption Support Leave.
Unpaid Ordinary Maternity Support Leave.
Unpaid additional Maternity Support Leave.
The provisions are retrospective, so they apply if you have taken the above types of unpaid leave on or after 1st September 2014.
If you are in the 2015 CARE scheme, you are already able to buy-back contributions with all of these leave types.
If you do wish to buy-back for pension purposes, you must notify the Police Pension Authority in writing. In this Force, this is Mark Milton. You will be required to pay an amount equal to the amount of pension contributions which would have been paid had the period of unpaid leave not been taken.
As the provisions are retrospective you have up to and including the 21st August 2018 to elect to buy-back.
Unpaid Maternity Support Leave
If you have taken the above and that will predominately be men, then again following representations from the Federation, the Home Office has agreed that if you have taken this type of leave from 3rd April 2011 to 1st September 2014, you can buy-back contributions. Again you must make a written election to the Police Pension Authority and this should be done by 21st August 2018.
Additional Voluntary Contributions
The Police Pension (Additional Voluntary Contributions) Regulations 1991 have been amended to allow for the additional flexibilities available to Members wishing to access their defined contributions pensions. For further information regarding this please read Home Office Circular 7/2016.
Should you wish to buy-back contributions, as well as writing to the Police Pension Authority, I would be grateful if you could contact the Federation Office on 01278 647085, to complete a short questionnaire which will enable us nationally to determine how many people have been affected.