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Fit The Bill with Essex Police

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This is a letter that has been recently circulated to the Chelmsford and Southend Branches of NARPO about the Fit The Bill Campaign. Sue Heaton, the Chelmsford Branch Secretary, has asked for it to be included on the website.
Hello,

I’d like to introduce myself as the Internal Communications Manager at Essex Police. I’d really like to work more closely with you, as NARPO district leads because I believe we have a joint ambition to promote and support policing in Essex, and the people who work or have worked for the force. By sharing our messages I think we can increase the trust and credibility of policing in our local communities and help keep people safe.

You may have seen our recent recruitment campaign #FitTheBill, and you may even have liked some of our social media posts? Would you be interested in sharing the #FitTheBill campaign with your NARPO networks? We’ve got some really fantastic images and videos that have already been successful in driving more people to apply for the new roles in Essex Police. Many of our police officers (of all ranks!) have got behind this campaign and shared the story of their journey in policing, illustrating the various backgrounds and opportunities that are available in the county.

Our campaign is obviously very timely with the news of the government uplift of 20,000 new officers. We’re growing, regardless of the government’s investment, as our officer numbers are at a four-year high with more than 3,000 full-time equivalent police officers, as well as the fastest growing Special Constabulary in the country with more than 500 Specials.

At our HQ tomorrow, we are hosting an extraordinary Passing Out Parade, which will see more than 70 probationers celebrating the start of their new career with the force. As this is such a clear demonstration of growth in policing, the BBC and Crimewatch Roadshow have chosen to film the event and feature us in upcoming programmes.

It’s a really exciting time for Essex Police, and a really worthwhile campaign. I hope you agree! And I hope you find something within the campaign to share with your networks. If you’d like some content from the Passing Out Parade as well, please let me know. If you have any questions, or need any more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards,

Elizabeth Bull

Phone: 42077744 (externally: +44 (0)1245 452 944)

Mobile: +44 (0)797 122 7236

Internal Communications Manager

Essex Police | Media and Communications Department | L Block | EPC

Address: Essex Police Headquarters, PO BOX 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6DA

Fit The Bill with Essex Police

Police into Private Sector

Police into Private Sector – TV opportunity

This message was originally posted by Angela Hackett on Linkedin. Angela is Professional Development and Performance Specialist – Career and Executive Coach and Counsellor with Police into Private Sector – PIPS.
 
 
I was called this morning by Lauren Hall from ITV news. Lauren is looking to speak to officers who have left policing mid-service. I have pasted her message below should you wish to contribute.
 
Warmest to all

Angela

Hi there
 
Good to speak to you just now. As mentioned, I’m working on a report for ITV’s regional news programmes about police morale and the numbers of officers leaving the profession altogether.
 
The piece will include figures and look at reasons why officers are leaving – low morale, lack of support and concerns about physical and psychological welfare etc.
 
We are keen to speak with a former police officer who can tell us why they left and some of the challenges they faced while on duty. I wondered if you could put us in touch with someone who would be willing to talk about their experiences (the interview can be done anonymously if preferred).
 
We are aiming to do the interview early next week so we would be keen to confirm in the next day or so. If they are able to help, I can be reached on lauren.hall@itv.com or 07824334236.
 
Thanks again for all your help and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any further information.
 
 
Best wishes
 
Lauren

Police into Private Sector – TV opportunity

Welfare help needed

Welfare help needed

Welfare help needed

Dear Colleagues,

I am hoping some of you may be available to assist this gentleman

The following request applies to those members in the area of Saffron Walden and has been received from the Essex Police Benevolent Fund. Our NARPO Branch Welfare Officer and Benevolent Fund representative has approved circulation.

Mark Howard (aged 62 years) is the only surviving son of former Sgt Bert Howard who served at Saffron Walden and passed away in 2001 suffering from Huntington’s Disease. Mark is similarly severely affected by the condition and is now living in a residential care home at Saffron Walden.

Mark has no direct family members but has received an exceptional level of support from the two sons of retired Essex Supt Dawson. Marks ability to walk or communicate is severely limited to the extent that he requires two people with him at all times, at least one of whom is experienced in supporting him or is a qualified carer to ensure his safety and comfort. Two-way conversation is virtually impossible, but Mark does understand clearly what is being said to him and he enjoys listening to others talking. In short, it is a sad and challenging situation for the son of a former police officer.

The request is for any NARPO member who may on a voluntary basis be able to support Mark socially and be part of the small group currently helping him, perhaps even taking him out for a change of scenery. Volunteers would need to be introduced to Mark in conjunction with his helpers. This is plain and simple social contact and not ongoing or intimate care. If any member feels they could assist Mark and be part of the support group please contact me and I will forward your details to the appropriate people.
 
 

Many thanks,

 

Sue Heaton

Secretary NARPO Chelmsford Branch

 

Welfare help needed

Deductibility of Incapacity Benefit and Industrial Injury Disablement Benefit

DEDUCTIBILITY OF INCAPACITY BENEFIT AND INDUSTRIAL INJURY DISABLEMENT BENEFIT

Deductibility of  Incapacity Benefit and Industrial Injury Disablement Benefit

Dear Colleague,

DEDUCTIBILITY OF INCAPACITY BENEFIT AND INDUSTRIAL INJURY DISABLEMENT BENEFIT

We write in relation to the recent decision of the Court of Appeal in Evans & Ashcroft v Chief Constable of South Wales Police regarding Deductibility of Incapacity Benefit and Industrial Injury Disablement Benefit and the impact this will have on the many injury retired officers who may have had their injury pensions over-deducted since 2010.

Constabularies have an obligation to take steps to refund the monies which have been unlawfully deducted and the Police Federation has produced a questionnaire for retired officers to work out whether they may be eligible for a refund. For those that consider they are, a template letter has also been attached for officers to edit and send to their Chief Constable.

Background

The appeal involved a question of interpretation of the Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006, S.I. 2006 No.932 (“the 2006 Regulations”), which provide (among other things) for the making of an injury award to a person who is retired from a police force and is permanently disabled as a result of an injury on duty.

An injury award payable under the 2006 Regulations is separate from any social security benefits to which the police officer may be entitled. In the case of certain benefits (described in paragraph 7 of schedule 3 of the 2006 Regulations), these must be deducted from the weekly payment of injury pension made to the retired officer. The benefits which must be deducted in this way are ones which relate directly to the injury on duty so that the former officer does not receive a ‘double recovery’ (i.e. once from the force and once from the Department for Work and Pensions) regarding his/her injury on duty.

The way these additional benefits are to be taken into account is provided for by sub-paragraphs 7(1) and (2) of Schedule 3 to the 2006 Regulations, as follows:

“7(1) The amount of the injury pension in respect of any week, calculated as aforesaid, shall be reduced on account of any such additional benefit as is mentioned in sub-paragraph (3) to which the person concerned is entitled in respect of the same week and, subject to sub-paragraph (2), the said reduction shall be of an amount equal to that of the additional benefit or, in the case of benefit mentioned in sub-paragraph (3)(a) or (b), of so much thereof as is there mentioned.

(2) Where the provisions governing scales of additional benefits have changed after the person concerned ceased to be a member of a police force, the amount of the reduction in respect of any week on account of a particular benefit shall not exceed the amount which would have been the amount thereof in respect of that week had those provisions not changed…”

Regulation 7(1) therefore sets out the basic rule which is to deduct an amount equal to the full value of the benefit on a weekly basis. This is then subject to sub-paragraph (2) which applies “[w]here the provisions governing scales of additional benefits have changed after the person concerned ceased to be a member of a police force”.

In those circumstances, the amount of the weekly deduction must not exceed the amount which would have applied if those provisions had not changed.

It was the meaning of this provision that was the subject of the Court of Appeal’s decision in Evans & Ashcroft.

Although we do not detail the specifics of the case in this circular, we have enclosed a copy of the judgment should you wish to review it. Instead, we focus on the findings and outcomes in this matter.

Findings

The Claimants were successful in two ways:

  1. The Chief Constable was deducting Employment and Support Allowance (“ESA”) at the point that it was not an “additional benefit” for the purposes of paragraph 7 of Schedule 3 to the Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006;
    and
  2. The Chief Constable was deducting too much in respect of Incapacity Benefit (“IB”) and Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (“IIDB”).

In their defence to the claim, and for the first time, the Chief Constable of South Wales Police agreed to stop deducting ESA and to repay the sums which had been wrongly deducted.

The Secretary of State subsequently introduced Regulations to make ESA an additional benefit. For the purposes of the case, however, the new Regulations were irrelevant because they had no retrospective effect and only applied going forward (*1).

The question of “over deduction” of IB and IIDB is not straightforward. The key finding of unlawfulness by the Court is in paragraph 59 of the judgment which states:

“It follows that the increases in the relevant benefits to which the appellants became entitled at any time from 12 April 2010 to 14 April 2011 arising from the 2010 Up-rating Order should not have led to any increase in the deductions applicable to their injury pensions during that period, and to the extent that these increased deductions were made by the Chief Constable, they were unlawful by reason of the proviso in paragraph 7(2)”.

It was therefore held that the Chief Constable had been over-deducting both IB and IIDB every year since 2010.

Going Forward

Although the Claimants were not successful in their central arguments, they were nevertheless successful in establishing the unlawfulness mentioned above; i.e. the over-deduction from their pensions following the 2010 Up-rating Order. We consider that there are many former officers around the country who have been affected by these over-deductions and are owed hundreds of pounds by their Constabularies.

Earlier this year, we notified each Constabulary in England & Wales of their obligation to refund the monies which have been unlawfully deducted from injury-retired officers. We have had a range of responses, including some forces which have not responded at all.

Following this, it has been decided that the most appropriate course of action is for the retired officers concerned to write to their Chief Constables and ask for a reimbursement.

We have prepared a questionnaire for individuals to use which will help them decide whether they may have been affected by the over-deduction of benefits caused by the 2010 Up-Rating Order.

If the individual officer is affected, s/he can use the template letter to write to their Chief Constable to start the process of obtaining a refund of monies which have been wrongly deducted.

It is likely that some forces will state that individuals must resolve this matter directly with the pension provider (such as Capita or XPS) rather than the Chief Constable.

Our advice is that this is the wrong approach. The obligation to take steps to refund the monies rests with the Chief Constable, not a private company. Additionally, a company which administers the pensions does not act independently of the Chief Constable but on the Chief Constable’s instructions. As such, it is the Chief Constable’s responsibility to resolve this matter, whether that is in concert with the private pension administrator or on his/her own.

Where a force fails to resolve the matter, the former officer should approach the Pensions Ombudsman for assistance. For information on the powers of the Pensions Ombudsman and how to make a complaint, please visit: https://www.pensions-ombudsman.org.uk/.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Duncan

NATIONAL SECRETARY

(*1) The Regulation which made ESA an additional benefit came into effect on 10 February 2017. Before this date, ESA should

Injured On Duty Pensioners Association

Injured On Duty Pensioners Association

Injured On Duty Pensioners Association

Dear Colleagues,

I have received the attached email from Tom Curry, a NARPO member for information only. The content is unedited and the material contained within the email contains the views and opinions of the writer Tom Curry and are therefore not necessarily the views of the Police Federation and NARPO.

Kind regards,

Susan Heaton

Branch Secretary, Chelmsford

Dear Colleague,

Many members may still not be aware of ‘Injured On Duty Pensioners Association’ a national charity which supports injured on duty police officers.It is really worth knowing the great support and advice available from IODPA.

As many may know IOD’s always received robust, lacking in compassion and thoroughly unfair treatment from PPA’s, Sussex being one of the worst.

I know I do not need to tell you that it’s all about budgets and not fairness and compassion. For years now IOD medical reviews have been suspended in Sussex but that will not continue forever.

Sussex PPA are among the many who have been afraid to make a move due to frequent and pending Judicial Reviews and challenges throughout the country in Staffs and Northumbria (being the worst of the worst.) and mainly at the instigation and with the support of IODPA.

Some PPA’s are now believed to be about to reinstate medical reviews but others are being more cautious and awaiting the outcome of JC’s etc. and further Home Office advice. The further HO guidance after many years may never come as it appears the HO have no interest now after a previous attack on IOD awards via HO Guidance was ruled unlawful at High Ct.

Prior to the forming of IODPA, IOD’s were vulnerable to the unlawful actions of some PPA’s because of being isolated and uninformed as to their rights, particularly in the respect of accessing medical records and personal details not covered by the Regs. BUT have been pursued by PPA’s and have been handed-over due to lack of the recipients rights knowledge and the unlawful threat of ‘withholding pensions’

National Narpo and Fed. in the past were perhaps not as supportive as they could have been and hence IODPA was conceived out of necessity.

I think being a member of IODPA is worth huge consideration IN ADDITION to Narpo. It specialises in IOD’s and therefore the knowledge they provide of rights and of what is going on in addition to the support and unity is invaluable to an IOD.

IODPA are unique in there being a forum chat site available 24/7 where one can chat to other UK IODPA members , share concerns and seek advice from other members and the Trustees are are also available for guidance almost 24/7. This forum is very friendly and you get to know each other from all around the UK. It also often acts similar in support as ‘The Samaritan’s’ do, in always there being someone there willing to listen to concerns. Quite honestly it is brilliant!

IODPA have a website which can be viewed here IODPA. I urge any IOD member to acquaint themselves with what IODPA offer, which may assist in protecting their IOD award IF once again as in the past it is threatened by Sussex PPA when medical reviews are reinstated.

If anyone in receipt of an IOD and would like to contact me, Tom Curry, for more information please do so. My email address is Tom Curry

Kind regards,

Tom Curry

Essex Police Memorial Day NARPO Essex Remembers

Essex Police Memorial Day

Essex Police Memorial Day

Essex Police Memorial Day and Essex Police Benevolent Fund

On Saturday 1 June 2019 an event was held at Essex Police HQ to commemorate officers and support staff who have been killed on duty whilst serving Essex Police.

The occasion also marked the 30 year anniversary of two Essex Police divers, Steve Taylor and Andy Morrison, who sadly died having got into severe difficulties whilst on a training exercise in some gravel pits near Dobbs Weir, close to Nazing.

The Chairman and other NARPO Chelmsford Branch committee members attended the event. A collection was held in support of the Essex Police Benevolent Fund and the Chelmsford Branch contributed £100 as a token of remembrance together with suitable flowers. We feel sure members generosity will be much appreciated.

The Benevolent Fund provides relief from poverty, suffering, distress or general hardship by means of cash grants. It is available to retired Essex Police Officers, widows, widowers, civil partners, life partners and orphans. If you or you know of anyone, who needs benefit from the Fund and falls into these categories, then please contact our representative Graham Furnival by email Graham Furnival for further information or telephone Graham on +44(0) 780 165 7138. Alternatively, contact the Fund Secretary via Essex Police Federation or Welfare.

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