New Horizons October NARPO Essex

New Horizons October NARPO Essex

New Horizons October NARPO Essex

NARPO Conference

The NARPO annual conference took place this month, with branch officials from around the country making the journey down to Torquay to hear more about plans for NARPO’s centenary year as well updates on our campaigning work and membership. The theme of ‘life, work and leisure’ created an interesting panel debate, featuring Sunday Times bestselling author, Clare Mackintosh.

MPS “return scheme”

Metropolitan Police is inviting around 2,500 officers who are due to leave the service or have retired in the past two years to apply to re-enter the force. The “return scheme” aims to retain officers with valuable skills and experience. Successful applicants will re-enter the force at their former rank and “with the same level of financial reward as when they left”.

Fears voiced for police service future

Chief Superintendent Gavin Thomas, the president of the Police Superintendents’ Association, says the service in England and Wales is reliant on fewer people working longer and harder.

Speaking at the Association’s annual conference, he voiced “genuine fears” for the service in England and Wales, and urged Home Secretary Sajid Javid and police leaders to take “difficult and bold” decisions.

Acts of Kindness

Caring for a loved one can bring many challenges and difficulties including the feeling of extreme isolation, stress, and tiredness. This is a problem because even though many say it is a rewarding experience overall, carers rarely get a break or the chance to relax.

If you know a carer who works tirelessly each day and deserves some appreciation, you can now nominate them for a Police Mutual ‘Acts of Kindness’ and reward them with a hamper or a bunch of flowers.

New Horizons October NARPO Essex bouquet

NARPO branded clothing

NARPO has partnered with Stitch & Print, a supplier of quality embroidered and printed clothing, to offer members a new range of NARPO branded clothing.

Items include men and women’s polo shirts, hoodies and jumpers, in a range of sizes and colours.

Royal Patronage – NARPO Centenary

Royal Patronage – NARPO Centenary

It gives me great pleasure to announce that HRH The Princess Royal has very kindly agreed to be our Patron in our Centenary year of 2019.

The Patronage will be for 2019 only and I would add that NARPO is extremely proud and delighted to have secured Royal Patronage as NARPO celebrate its Centenary.

Planning is well underway for our Centenary events which include a Centenary Dinner at The Tower of London on Thursday 13th June 2019 and Branches have already been informed of ticketing details.

Further information regarding our Centenary events can be found on our website at:

NARPO Centenary 2019 click here

This page will be updated as and when further details and information become available.

Regards

Widows Pension Entitlement NAPRO Important Notice
 
 
 

Steve Edwards
Chief Executive Officer

01924 331 251
www.narpo.org

Widows Pension Entitlement NAPRO

Widows Pension Entitlement NAPRO Important Notice

There appears to some uncertainty regarding widows pension entitlement and the message previously sent out.

For clarity prior to April 1972 widows pension entitlement was a third. The Police Pension Regulations changed in 1972 and Pension Contributions increased to 7% which increased the widows entitlement to a half.

The Regulations allowed those in service prior to 1st April 1972 to enhance their pre April 1972 widows entitlement to a half at a cost. At that time officers were given a time limited opportunity to upgrade pre 1972 service for the purpose of their widows pensions. In order to achieve this upgrade of earlier years, three options were offered; the payment of a lump sum, additional contributions from pay until the end of service or payment from the future police pension. Not all officers took the option to ‘buy’ back service.

Anyone who joined after April 1972 will automatically leave a half rate widows pension. Anyone with service prior to April 1972 and continuing to serve, will either leave a half [if they chose to uprate] or a mixture of a third for service prior to April 1972 and a half for the period after 1972. The election was effectively to ‘buy back’ previous service pre April 1972, to attract a half rate widows pension.

Regards

Widows Pension Entitlement NAPRO Important Notice
 
 
 

Steve Edwards
Chief Executive Officer

01924 331 251
www.narpo.org
 
 

Widows Pension Entitlement NAPRO Important Notice

Important Pension News – NARPO Essex

IMPORTANT PENSION NEWS

Were you a serving officer in 1972 or 1990?

If so you will have been given the opportunity to uprate your widow[er] pension.

We have recently been made aware of an issue in relation to the inadequate retention of important pension records around the election made by Officers in 1972, when an option was given to uprate their widows pension entitlement from a third to a half.

The issue initially arose where a NARPO member died and told his wife before he died to make sure she received the half–rate pension as he had decided to uprate. The Pension Authority could find no records relating to the officer’s pension in 1972 and as a result made the decision that they would only pay the widows pension at the rate of a third. The officer in question had transferred from another Force and it would appear that his pension record was not transferred over with him. The widow was adamant, but nevertheless the Pension Authority refused to uprate the pension despite their being no record whatsoever covering his previous service.

Owing to the widows’ persistence and with assistance from our local NARPO Branch, the widow managed to find her late husband’s records in a separate location. That file contained a form signed by her husband in 1973 showing that he had elected to increase the widow pension entitlement through reduction in his own pension.

In correspondence with the Force concerned they have confirmed that in the absence of any records being found from 1972 they would automatically pay the widows pension at the rate of a third.

This record keeping issue could also affect those female officers serving in 1990, when an opportunity was given for them to ‘buy back’ previous service so that it attracted a half rate widower’s pension. This should be recorded on their pension records. Make sure your loved one receives the pension to which they are entitled.

 

YOU ARE ADVISED TO CONTACT YOUR PENSION ADMINISTRATOR TO MAKE SURE THEY STILL HAVE A RECORD OF YOUR ELECTION.

The Southend Branch of NARPO have been contacted by former ACC Jim Dickinson with regard to this post:

It will be noted that the Force involved in the case in question have taken the stance that if they do not hold a record establishing that an officer elected to uprate the pension payment then the widow(er) would be paid at the lower, one third, rate.

I have spoken to Megan Wallace, Pensions Consultant, Essex Pension Fund, Essex County Hall Tel 01243 431666 (Email policeandfirepensions@essex.gov.uk } and she has confirmed that the pension administrator, cited by NARPO, as having mislaid member’s elections was not Essex Pension Fund. The records held by Essex are very thorough with a large archive of historical documentation, including members pre 1972 elections.

Most importantly she stated ‘In the event of an appropriate election not being held on your pension record and, in the case of any doubt as to the amount of widow’s pension falling due, we would always calculate the higher amount.’

I have Emails from Megan containing the above information.

I share this with you as the information may provide some reassurance to colleagues.

You may also wish to consider whether some one on behalf of NARPO –(Essex branches) should write to Essex Pension Fund so that a more formal response is held on behalf of members in case difficulties occur in the future.

Regards

Jim Dickinson

Interview with NARPO CEO

Interview with NARPO CEO:
The importance of wellbeing after the Police

When you retire from the Police, you have more time to think about yourself and your family…

At NARPO the wellbeing of our members and their families is our first priority.

In a recent video interview with our CEO Steve Edwards, we discuss why wellbeing is such a significant part of the NARPO agenda, and the importance of keeping a healthy body and mind in life after the Police.

If you’d like to find out more about NARPO health and wellbeing services, including respite care for those people living with dementia, please click here to visit the wellbeing section of our website. Or click on the button below to watch the full interview.

Interview with NARPO CEO - video

WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS…

We will always looking for feedback on our services. So if you have the time – it should only take two minutes – please complete this short survey so we can continue to improve. Click here to take part.

NARPO House, 38 Bond St, Wakefield, WF1 2QR
Website: www.narpo.org
Phone: +44 (0)1924 362166
Email: hq@narpo.org

NARPO Member Exclusive – stay Vienna apartments free

NARPO Member Exclusive – stay Vienna apartments free

NARPO Member Exclusive – stay Vienna apartments free

We continue to bring our members exclusive life, work and leisure offers throughout the year and this month, we are proud to announce the launch of NARPO Apartments. NARPO Member Exclusive – stay Vienna apartments free.

NARPO Member Exclusive - stay Vienna apartments free

Through a generous NARPO supporter, members can now stay in one of three Vienna apartments, free of charge.

It provides a chance for members to explore Austria’s beautiful capital, situated on the Danube River and famous for its artistic and intellectual legacy shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud.

The city is also known for its stunning Imperial palaces, including The Belvedere (pictured) and Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence. Art lovers amongst you can­­ visit the Museums Quarter district with historic and contemporary buildings displaying­­ works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and other artists.

We are now taking applications for the period up to the end of February 2018.

From 1st December 2017, the normal advance booking process will apply, i.e. members can apply for the month of March 2018. Further details can be found on the website.

To find out more about the Vienna apartments and to make a booking, please click here.

…and that’s not all…

Vienna is just one of the two great locations where NARPO members can visit for FREE. We also have our NARPO Villas, located in the beautiful Villa Scylla on Italy’s Lake Lugano.

To view all of the NARPO properties, just visit our properties page here.

WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS…

We will always looking for feedback on our services. So if you have the time – it should only take two minutes – please complete this short survey so we can continue to improve. Click here to take part.

NARPO House, 38 Bond St, Wakefield, WF1 2QR
Website: www.narpo.org
Phone: +44 (0)1924 362166
Email: hq@narpo.org