NARPO represents the interests of in excess of over 86,000 former police officers of all ranks and their widows, widowers and former partners. Our primary concern is to promote measures for the welfare of our members with particular regard to pensions. In promoting those aims we take a general interest in all issues affecting the health and well being of older people in society.
We are active members of the Public Service Pensioners Council, the National Pensioners Convention and AGE, the European Platform for Older People. In addition we have close associations with several charities supporting both the police and older people.
NARPO are in a position to comment on a range of issues, not only pensions, from the perspective of the older person. We are in a particularly informed position to comment on policing and police related issues from the position of both former practitioners and current users of the service.
We have been supporting a campaign seeking to achieve police spouse pensions for life, initially started by our widow member Kate Hall.
Kate launched a petition on this topic last year and the petition attracted over 70,000 signatures. You still have the opportunity to sign that petition through a link on this site but we now wish to enlist your support in drawing more attention to the campaign directly with the recently elected members of Parliament.
Although the Government appear to have made some concessions towards spouses in this matter, those concessions have not yet been consolidated in law but in any case leave police widows and widowers in England, Wales and Scotland at a disadvantage when compared with widows and widowers of police officers from Northern Ireland, where the legislation has been changed to allow all police widows and widowers to retain their pension entitlement following co-habitation or remarriage.
We have drafted a letter on this topic with specific reference to the situation in Northern Ireland, which you may be happy to send to your local Member of Parliament to assist us in this campaign. Local Members of Parliament may also be interested in specific cases of how the current restriction on co-habitation and remarriage affects our members who are their own constituents.
Details of your Member of Parliament can be found at: FIND MY MP
We have published the final decision on the complaint made by Mr Milne against the Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) about the factor used to convert his pension into a lump sum at retirement and whether the factors should have been reviewed earlier than they were.
Tony King, the Pensions Ombudsman, has decided in Mr Milne’s favour. The Pensions Ombudsman decided that the factors should have been reviewed between 1998 and 2005, when Mr Milne retired. He has directed GAD to assess what the factor would have been in 2005 if reviews had taken place and to notify the administrator of the relevant part of the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme so that they can recalculate the cash sum. He also directed GAD to pay interest on any additional cash sum, from Mr Milne’s retirement date.
See more at: PENSION OMBUDSMAN and on our Police Pensions page.