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The latest advice on the legal challenge to the CARE Pension Scheme
The PFEW has now circulated the attached document to try to answer some of the queries on the legal challenge being proposed against the CARE Pension Scheme. It reiterates that the PFEW will not fund a challenge at this time and, importantly, highlights some of the caveats you need to consider if wondering on which course of action you should take.
If you're viewing this from a non-police computer you can now see a podcast by the National PFEW General Secretary on frequent questions asked about the current pension issues. Click here to view the podcast
Sergeant to Chief Superintendent Advanced Officer Survey - Request for Completion
The below has been received from the College of Policing. This is really important work and will have an impact on all officers. Can I please ask that as many people as possible complete the surveys. We want everyone to get access to the advanced skills threshold – this is expected to be the top pay point of each scale and not an additional one.
Police Pension Scheme 2015 – the legal position
Throughout the pension reform process PFEW has listened to the views and concerns of members and the Pension Challenge group, and we have taken advice from our lawyers and from leading counsel about the legality of the Government’s changes. We have recently taken further advice from leading counsel as to whether the position has changed or is affected by the publication of the Police Pensions Regulations 2015.
All possible challenges have been considered including:
• public law (judicial review: but being primary legislation, this is not subject to this);
• European law and Human Rights law (in several recent cases the European Court of Human Rights has not been swayed by arguments that those on the public service have had to bear the brunt of economic reform);
• and discrimination. (The key challenge here considered was whether these pension changes would be age discrimination: however, the law states that age discrimination can be justified as a proportionate means to a legitimate end, and it is likely to be considered as such in this instance).
At this time, we will therefore not be challenging the introduction of the Police Pension Scheme 2015. However, we will continue to monitor how the scheme operates in practice and we maintain an open mind should circumstances change that give rise to a potential successful legal challenge.
Police Federation of England and Wales
Free Workplace Mental Health Support Services
You can receive free support for mental health issues
ACCESS TO WORK MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT SERVICE (ATW MHSS)
What is the aim of the service?
To support any employed person with mental health conditions to retain and sustain employment with an emphasis on maintaining wellbeing and productivity at work. The individual does not have to involve their employer with the support.
Who can access this service?
Anyone who is employed or self-employed with a mental health condition. They may be attending work or off sick.
You can now view the full list of particpating cycle dealers for the Cycle2Work Scheme.
If you require further information on the scheme then please visit the website http://www.cycle2work.info/ and for any internal enquiries please contact
Ymgynghorydd Cyflogres/Payroll Advisor
Heddlu Dyfed-Powys Police
Ffon ~ Tel: 01267 226383
Est. Pencadlys ~ HQ Ext: 23811
e-bost ~ e-mail: email@example.com
Gorvins Solicitors; Helping YOU…While you help others
Gorvins Solicitors have acted for the police, its officers, personnel and families for more than 20 years. We are experts in all aspects of police family law and provide an unrivalled service which gets to know you and your specific situation.
From divorce and separation issues (including disputes over children, financial matters and police pensions) to residential property and helping you plan your will for the future, you can rest assured Gorvins will provide professional and personal advice to you.
WE OFFER FREE INITIAL ADVICE, FIXED FEES AND DISCOUNTED RATES FOR ALL POLICE FEDERATION MEMBERS, POLICE PERSONNEL, STAFF AND THEIR FAMILIES. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT YOUR DEDICATED GORVINS WEBPAGE HERE.
Motor Source Group Offers
Updated for summer 2015
See the latest offers from the Motor Source Group for the following makes:
Get a free will from Slater & Gordon Lawyers, formerly Russell Jones & Walker
If you're a member of the Police Federation and don't yet have a will, click here to get one for nothing. Just register and then insert the voucher code DYF999 in voucher area of the purchase page