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Here you will find an archive of NARPO related news. If you have a news story you would like to share please contact secretary@londonnarpo.org.uk

AGM Documents & Annual Report 2016/17

AGM 2017 Agenda
AGM 2016 Minutes
Annual Report 2016/17
Annual Report 2015/16


Annual Uprating of Police Pensions

Below you will find a link to the Office of National Statistics web page that shows the detail of the September Consumer Price Index figure. This is the figure that is used in the uprating of our pensions in April. The figure is a negative one at -0.1%. This results in police pensions not being increased next April (the convention is not to decrease the pension in line with a negative figure). The triple lock still applies to the State Pension meaning it will be a minimum of 2.5%. Earnings growth is currently 2.9% so state pensions are likely to increase by somewhere between 2.5 and 2.9%.

Find out more


Claiming for unpaid overtime

A recent Court decision has meant that some officers and pensioners may be able to claim for unpaid overtime worked during the past 6 years (the legal time limit.)

The case was Allard & Others v the Chief Constable of Devon & Cornwall. Mr Allard and his colleagues claimed that they were frequently ‘recalled to duty’ because, although they were not required to wait at home, they were obliged to respond to pager messages to contact informants asap.

They argued that they were entitled to be paid a minimum of 4 hours even though they might only spend 10 minutes dealing with a call.

Judge Simon Carr said "The difficulty that they have is if it is not a recall to duty, then what is it? I cannot see how that can be anything other than a recall to duty. To describe it in any other way would be simply artificial. These officers, who are in a specialist unit, are required, it seems to me, to deal with those calls as and when they come in."

The Court of Appeal has upheld Judge Carr’s decision and made an additional ruling on the ‘four hour rule.’ They also refused permission for the Chief Constable to appeal to the Supreme Court.

The ruling has ramifications for any officer engaged in similar duties – not just those working in source units.

The Winsor regulations made changes to the over-time entitlement of a recall to duty with effect from April 2012, but this does NOT affect claims that pre date 2012.

Eligible pensioners may have a civil claim for Failure to Pay a Statutory Debt. The first step is to submit Met Police Federation Form C2 – 0208 464 2322 – so the claim can be assessed by the Federation’s legal professional.

Please be aware that if your claim goes ahead, you will be asked to provide a significant amount of information such as –

Details of the period you worked in a particular unit – normal working hours – whether there was a cap on O/T and how it was imposed - how much could be claimed – if you agreed to claim O/T only within the imposed cap – what type of O/T is claimed (before/after duty, between 2 rostered shifts, working rest days, bank holidays, annual leave, on call allowances) – whether you received time off in lieu – details of any relevant records you were required to keep.

Your first step is to complete Form C2 – obtainable either from the Federation’s website or 0208 464 2322 - https://www.metfed.org.uk/





Update 23 June - Commutaion Factors

We suggest you get a very large drink before you embark on this HQ Circular! It tells you everything you ever wanted to know, and more, about where we are with the Commutation Factors issue.

We have received some queries from people who want to know what is being done about commutation factors for people who retired prior to 2001. They are, of course, at liberty to put in their own claim to the Pensions Ombudsman. The PO does not investigate complaints from organisations – only individuals.

The content of this circular will be put on the Narpo website – so feel free to promulgate.

View the document


Update 18th May

Following on from the Pensions Ombudsman’s determination – I hope the following clarifies who may be in line for a payment, and who definitely won’t!
  • Those retiring before 1st December 2001 will not be receiving any payments as the Ombudsman has decided that the factors introduced in 1998 were sufficient.
  • Those retiring after 1st December 2006 will not be receiving any payments as the factors were revised as from 1st December 2006 [as a result of a successful legal case by the police Federation]
  • Those retiring between 1st December 2001 and 30th November 2004 will be receiving payments [if applicable] based on the new revised factors provided as of 1st December 2001.
  • Those retiring between 1st December 2004 and 30th November 2006 will be receiving payments [if applicable] based on the revised figures provided as of 1st December 2004.
As yet we have not had sight of the new factors produced by GAD so we are unable to indicate what this means in real terms to those so affected.

NARPO will bring pressure to bear if required on the Home Office and Forces to bring a swift conclusion to this matter with the minimum of fuss for our members and at this stage we are hopeful that the payments will be automatic without the need for individual complaints.


Update 15th May - Commutation Factors - Latest from the Pensions Ombudsman

Announcement from Pensions Ombudsman 15th May re ongoing firefighter’s case relating to Commutation Factors:

“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.

The Government Actuaries Department [GAD] have prepared a technical note that includes the following:

The Ombudsman notes that, whilst his findings in the Determination are limited to Mr Milne’s complaint, the principles are the same for other retired firefighters and police officers. To avoid further cases having to be heard, he expects government to make arrangements for payments to be made to others affected, reflecting the more beneficial terms that would have applied had commutation factors been reviewed and, where appropriate, revised at the appropriate times.

GAD has prepared tables for use in the calculation of redress, based on a best reconstruction of the commutation factors which would have applied if factors had been reviewed and revised at 1 December 2001 and at 1 December 2004. The mortality and related assumptions used in the development of these tables have been reviewed by an independent firm of consulting actuaries who have confirmed that the assumptions fall within the range that GAD might reasonably have chosen if it had prepared revised commutation factors at these dates. These tables will be passed to the relevant government bodies.

Narpo note: So it would appear that new factors should be applied to all those who retired after 1st December 2001 and those factors should be recalculated for those who retired after 1st December 2004.

Next step – Home Office response



GAD and the retired firefighter who is the lead complainant have now been sent the Ombudsman’s Preliminary Conclusions. Essentially these set out the material facts of the case, any submissions made by the parties and the Ombudsman’s view of the outcome. The parties will now have a little time to prepare responses to what has been said.

The next stage depends on the responses. If the Ombudsman does not think the submissions make a material difference to the outcome he will issue a Final Determination. The alternative, which is relatively unusual, would be for amended Preliminary Conclusions to be sent to the parties so that they can respond. We expect to be able to publish a further update in four to six weeks.

As we have said previously, the Preliminary Conclusions will remain private to the parties to the complaint (this is our standard procedure). The Final Determination, when issued, will be a public document.

Widows' Pensions

NARPO note with interest the Chancellors statement in the Budget that: “The government will ensure that all widows, widowers and civil partners of police officers and firefighters who are killed on duty will no longer lose their survivor benefits if they remarry, cohabit, or form a civil partnership.”

NARPO President Ian Potter said: “Whilst NARPO are supportive of this announcement it does not address the real issue of all the other police widows who are faced with the demeaning and daunting choice of either living alone or forfeiting their pension to enjoy companionship and happiness in later life.

Whilst this move is welcomed, it comes nowhere near to putting police widows in the rest of the United Kingdom on the same footing as those police widows of deceased Northern Ireland police officers, who now retain and have had their widows pension reinstated as a result of a change made by the Northern Ireland Assembly last year.

All we are asking for is parity across the board for all police widows throughout the United Kingdom. I urge Government to take a closer look at this matter and eradicate this glaringly obvious inequality and unfairness as soon as possible.”

The Chancellor also announced that: “On 1 April 2015, the government will be introducing new and reformed public service pension schemes. All these new schemes will allow widows, widowers and civil partners across the public sector workforces to retain survivor benefits if they remarry, cohabit or form a civil partnership.”

(This is no different to the terms of the 2006 Police Pension Scheme which afforded the same rights. It is not clear how this will play-out for people whose partners were in the 1987 PPS.)



Early day motion 768 - Firefighter & Police Pensions

We have been following the Police and Firefighters Commutation Factor claim lodged with the Pensions Ombudsman and NARPO HQ have been in correspondence with the Ombudsman to protect our members’ position.

It is now reaching a conclusion and the Ombudsman’s determination is expected soon. In an effort to expedite the release of that determination London MP John McDonnell has tabled an Early Day Motion in which he calls on government depts. to accept the ruling by the Ombudsman and take immediate steps to pay any recommended awards, if appropriate.

We would ask you to consider writing to your MP suggesting they might like to support EDM 768 as tabled by John McDonnell MP

The EDM can be viewed by using this link: http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2014-15/768



Later Life Ambitions

Later Life Ambitions brings together the collective voices of over a quarter of a million pensioners through the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners, the Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance, and the National Association of Retired Police Officers Association.

We know the challenges that older people face in today’s Britain but we also know that our members have ambitious aspirations for the next generation of pensioners. From fair pensions to safe and sustainable care services, and from accessible housing to regular bus services to promote independence, we know that these policies will require bold and forward-looking action from our political leaders.

However we also share the view that to do nothing is not an option.

With your support, we want to change the terms of the debate – to focus on the ambitions of pensioners rather than the perceived ‘costs’ to the rest of society. So we urge you to join us in calling for an aspirational and ambitious future for those in later life.

It is hoped that as many members as possible will lobby their MP and in the run up to the General Election all of their prospective parliamentary candidates.

Please draw the campaign to the attention of your MP and prospective candidates by emailing them with this template and speaking with them at their surgeries, meetings etc. The text can be easily copied and pasted into an email. It is essential that you show your full name and address where shown at the end of the letter to demonstrate that you are a constituent.

The whole document is available here. If you are not sure of the contact details for your MP by visiting this website entering your postcode it will provide that information for you.



WW1 Policing

WW1 is normally seen as a ‘soldiers conflict’ and to mark 100 years since the start of the Great War in August, there will be centenary events across the country. We would like to focus on what was happening at home in the Met and how the War affected police officers and Londoners. We know many of you come from ‘police families’ and may have stories to tell of parents and grandparents – everyday tales of ordinary folk, in extraordinary times. We will be asking contributors to reflect on the roles of detectives, women, specials and other volunteers, starting in the September edition of LPP. Please pass what you can by email to: secretary@londonnarpo.org.uk



Can you help? - October 2013

We often receive requests for help or advice on a wide range of subjects. The latest requests can be found below, should you feel you are able to help the requesters please get in touch with them. Contact details should be available for each project.

 Police consultant for '50's TV drama

 Carefree Kids Childrens Cahrity - Volunteers needed



New book release by fellow NARPO member

For those who are thinking about changing their careers, or are having change forced upon them, this is a wise, humorous, practical and eminently helpful guide through the minefield of uncertainty and doubt to reaching the decisions and the outcomes that are right for them. Devised and developed by award-winning social entrepreneur Peter Kelleher, who has lots of experience with change and is an MSc qualified, programme-managing, entrepreneurial coach and mentor specialising in helping people and organisations considering change. Apart from being a ‘smarty pants’, he is also a switched-on strategist and effective practitioner and a really nice guy who helps people – and organisations full of people – move from where they are to where they want to be. He works in collaboration with teams of specialists across a variety of sectors to see what’s coming and to help people and organisations change in response.

The book is available on Amazon



Museum at Bow Street!

There will be a Police Museum in Bow Street.

I have just returned from the Westminster City Council Planning Committee meeting at City Hall, Westminster. I was there to hear the application by the new owners of the old Magistrates’ Court and Police Station to turn the buildings into a boutique hotel and a Police Museum. The application was approved.

This must be the good news we have all been waiting for but I came out of the meeting very slightly confused by a couple of items which might become clear over the coming days.

The good news is that the space allocated by the hotel to the museum has been extended. It appeared to me that the area previously allotted, which was to be the ground floor male police station cells, will now include a portion of the court cells adjoining.

However, if I heard right, the hotel will acknowledge its police history by using the theme of the Bow Street Runners (and not the wider Policing of London) despite, as we know, the Bow Street Runners had been disbanded 50 years before this building was even thought of.

But, it was agreed that there would be a museum on the site and that it would be a Police Museum. However, from what I heard, finance is a consideration for the said museum. Now, as we know, the Mayor’s Office have been offered this space at a ‘peppercorn rent’, so, are they looking to make money from this venture or simply not lose any?

One last thing. The application was approved provided that a blue Police Lamp is put outside the museum entrance. Well, I wonder what Queen Victoria would have to say about that?

So, it looks like good news, and you heard it here first. But please look out for announcements in the next few days in the national and local press and the national and local news and see if my questions are answered.

Dave Allen
Unofficial Bow Street Police Station website
www.bowstreetpolicestation.weebly.com



NARPO Press Release

NARPO have just released a press release regarding plans to debar former officers from working within the Police Service and on the current inconsistencies between police pension administrators.

You can read the full press release here



Pensions Ombudsman starts investigation into complaints about Commutation Factors

On 22 July 2013 the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in respect of the appeal made by the Government Actuary's Department (GAD), against the decision of the High Court last year that GAD is within the jurisdiction of the Pensions Ombudsman in relation to the complaint made by a firefighter about commutation factors. (Firefighters’ pensions are very similar to police pensions.) The Court of Appeal dismissed GAD's appeal and also refused GAD leave to appeal to the Supreme Court against that decision. GAD have informed the Ombudsman that they do not intend seeking permission to appeal directly from the Supreme Court. This brings the court proceedings to an end and means that the decision of the Court of Appeal now stands.

The Pensions Ombudsman announced in August that an investigation into the merits of the complaint will start. This may take some time but when it is completed they will publish on their website, their decision on the outcome of the complaint, including the reasons for that decision. They will also issue determinations on a small number of 'lead' cases.

The Ombudsman has received a number of complaints from police officers. There is no need at this time for any other individual complaining about this same issue to refer their complaint to the Ombudsman. They will not do anything with new complaints received until the lead complaints have been decided. So, for the purposes of the Ombudsman’s time limits it would be regarded as reasonable for other police pensioners NOT to make new complaints at the moment. If it becomes necessary to do so later (for instance once the position on the lead complaints is clarified), then the "reasonable" delay will not be counted for the purpose of the Ombudsman’s time limits.



Dealing with Bereavement

NARPO (London Branch) have produced an aide memoire for bereavement that was provided as an insert inside the June 2013 LPP magazine. Below is a pdf copy of that leaflet that you can refer to if you wish and print if necessary.

 Full details here



The Disappearance of Mary Flanagan

On 31st December 1959, 16 year old Mary Flanagan left her home in Wallace Road, West Ham, East London to go to a New Year’s Eve party. She never returned.

If any ex- or retired officers from East London were involved in the original investigation or know anything about the case, the Newham Police Missing Persons Unit would like to hear from you. Please call 0208 217 5728.

 Read the full press release here



Queen’s Speech has a hollow ring on the issues of pensions and care - May 2013

Britain’s biggest pensioners organisation, the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) has claimed the words in today’s Queen’s Speech don’t match what the government intends to do in the areas of pensions and care. The Queen announced that the the government would “reward people who work hard” and “support people who have saved for their retirement”, yet the plans on both pensions and care do neither.

 Read the full press release here



World War II policing veterans wanted - April 2013

We are interested in hearing from retired officers who Policed during World War II and are happy to share their experiences.

Please contact John Sugar for further information
john@sugarproductions.co.uk or call 020 8451 1538



Police Mutual Launch New Member Care Service - March 2013

Following their Annual General Meeting Police Mutual have changed the terms of their mutuality to include not only those who have a Police Mutual product but also those who have a Home or Motor Insurance Policy with Roland Smith.

This means that those NARPO members can now access the Police Mutual Member Care Service, which offers a free Nurse led service that supports members and their families through serious illness, chronic health conditions, bereavement and disabilities.

Please see the attachments below for more information:

Press Release  Presentation  Application form
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