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Ability to buy-back pension contributions

Dear Colleague

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.

National Chair voting is open

Vote for your National Chair now.

John Apter or Phill Matthews

​Two candidates have put themselves forward to be National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales: John Apter and Phill Matthews

The National Chair plays a key role in the National Federation, ensuring the welfare and interests of members are at the heart of the services we provide, acting as principal spokesperson, and representing the organisation on a national level.

Find out more about the candidates and read their election statements on PFEW’s ‘National Chair candidates’ page. Please take time to consider what both Candidates have already achieved as this is the first time you have had a say in who is the voice of the Federation.

Information on how to vote is currently being sent directly to members’ PNN email addresses – all members, subscribing or non-subscribing, are eligible to vote. If you or your colleagues haven’t received your voting code by Monday 16 July, please email your full name, force and warrant number to support@mi-voice.com.

Mutual Aid and 12 Hour working.

As you will have seen, the Force has been asked to provide mutual aid due to Donald Trumps visit, this has a significant knock on effect for those left behind as well as those tasked with the Mutual Aid.

This will be a testing and exhausting time for all, as day to day activity continues. We are in dialogue with the Force, at a Local Level and Nationally, over various issues and if you have any concerns, please raise them through your Line Manager.

Federation queries can be raised through the force email system with the email address circulated internally this morning.

AVON AND SOMERSET CONSTABULARY OFFICERS WANT BETTER ACCESS TO TASER, SURVEY SHOWS

74 per cent of officers at Avon and Somerset Constabulary would like to have access to Taser at all times on duty, a Police Federation of England and Wales’ survey has found.

The study explored officers’ views on firearms, examining the level of satisfaction with their current access to armed support, and their views on routine arming and other protective measures and equipment.

The survey found that in Avon and Somerset Constabulary:

  • 74 per cent of respondents (for whom it is applicable to their role) want access to Taser at all times on duty;
  • 54 per cent of respondents’ lives had been in serious danger at least once in the last two years;
  • 68 per cent of respondents were not satisfied that armed support would be readily available should they require it; and
  • 28 per cent of respondents personally supported the idea of routine arming.

The findings follow comments from Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who last month voiced support for Taser, calling it “an important tactical option for officers dealing with the most serious and violent criminals”, when speaking at the Federation’s national conference.

Andy Roebuck, Chair of Avon and Somerset Police Federation, said: “It’s no coincidence that 74%  of our officers questioned want access to Taser at all times, while just over half of those same officers’ lives have been in serious danger in the last two years.

Officers are also concerned about the proportionate response of armed officers and the Tri-Force capability. There is a review ongoing and we hope the concerns are listened and reflected in the new proposals”.

“Taser is an extremely effective means of dealing with the many dangerous situations that officers often face and is a less lethal option than more conventional firearms. In 80 per cent of cases where Taser is drawn, it is not fired as the deterrent is enough, which helps protect communities as well as protecting officers from assaults.

The Police Federation of England and Wales is continuing to call for improved access to equipment for officers through its Protect the Protectors campaign. The campaign seeks to safeguard the physical and mental well being of police officers, ensuring they have the right protective tools and equipment and calling for tougher sentences for those who assault police officers and other emergency services.

Office Closed Friday 8th June 2018

The Federation Office will be closed on Friday 8th June 2018.
Voicemail messages can still be left and email contact through info@avsomfed.org
The Office will re-open Monday 11th June 2018.
We apologise for any inconvenience.