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

Injury On Duty Pensioners Association

Injury On Duty Pensioners Association

If you are a member of this organisation or are in receipt of an ‘Injury On Duty Pension’ this post may be of interest.

This could be one of the most important emails that you ever receive from IODPA.

Following our first ever emergency national meeting on Monday 7th January 2019, we would like to update you with the issues that were discussed and the outcomes that were decided on.

Firstly, that we had a fantastic turnout, over fifty people from many forces around the country of whom were very supportive and over the very serious matters that were discussed.

The first topic was regarding the removal of Haven Solicitors and Equal Justice from the approved list of Solicitors that the National Federation use.

Ron Thompson received a letter out of the blue one week before Christmas from the Police Federation stating that they had made a decision to remove his company from the list of approved solicitors. Many will know that Ron and Mark Botham are specialists in the field of ill-heath retirement and injury awards operating in this area exclusively for nine years.

You are probably also aware that he is a key player in fighting the Regulation 33 issues in Staffordshire, which is an issue that if lost, would have catastrophic consequences for every single IOD in the country as it would allow forces to either demand medical records or instantly drop pensioners for failing to do.

Although the Federation are still using Cartwright King who are based in London, which is great news, the removal of Haven Solicitors for our northern colleagues will have a massive negative impact.

We assume, although we cannot confirm at this stage, that despite the Federation stating that they are no longer going to pass new work to Haven Solicitors, they will continue to centrally fund legal issues through other solicitors. Even if this is the case, they have removed the option of you being represented by one of the most highly qualified and experienced solicitors in this field.

In order to support Haven Solicitors, it has been decided to contact the Federation expressing our concerns in a bid to have the firm reinstated.

IODPA has had contact with a representative from the National Federation called Dave Blundell and he has asked that members email or write to him with positive, supportive emails regarding Haven and politely ask if the firm can be reinstated. Despite the outrage that members feel at this decision, it is VERY important that all communication to the Federation is polite, courteous and concentrates on the benefits of continuing to use Ron.

For those wishing to email here is Mr Blundell’s email address –

Dave Blundell

or for those who would prefer to write –

Dave Blundell (NB)
Federation House
Highbury Drive
Leatherhead
KT22 7UY

As well as making contact with Mr Blundell, we ask that you email or write to your local Federation board with the same message and ask if they will take the matter up on your behalf. Again, it is important that every branch board is fully aware of this decision as it not only affects existing IODs, but also serving officers that may be injured in the future.

You can email or write to your local branch board by finding the appropriate link on the Federation website here –

http://www.polfed.org

Because this is a national issue, we would like emails to be sent from all forty-three forces. Would you please let us know at admin@iodpa.org when you have sent your email/letters of concern to Mr Blundell so we can coordinate the responses?

We make no apology for getting back in touch with you if we are still missing certain forces.

We need EVERY ONE of our members to contact Mr Blundell and in your own words, show your support for Haven Solicitors.

We would also ask that you also contact your local NARPO branch with the same message and indeed, NARPO HQ in Wakefield if you feel that is appropriate. We know that the Federation and NARPO talk on a regular basis and it is important that we have support for this initiative from different directions.

Here is a link to the NARPO site, where you will be able to find email and postal addresses to send your correspondence to.

https://www.narpo.org/discover/narpo-branches/

Just as a side note, Ron has been instrumental in many of the key judicial reviews in the IOD arena; he led the fight for the unlawful application of the H.O circular 46/2004 and won the JR for our very own Stan Fisher to name but a few.

If you need to know other cases that Ron has been part of, please let us know and we will furnish you with details.

Legal Cover Insurance

The second subject to be discussed was the possibility of our own group insurance scheme.

It has long been an aspiration of IODPA to offer legal cover insurance in respect of injuries sustained on duty. This would be available for serving officers as well as those already in receipt of an injury award.

With the current uncertainty over Federation funding, or the choice of solicitors now available, we are doing a scoping exercise to assess demand.

Please note that such a scheme, would not help those already with existing legal challenges, but may give reassurance and peace of mind for future claims. Federation legal funding is discretionary, whilst we aim to provide cover that is compulsory should the need arise.

The Trustees are aiming to find a bespoke insurance scheme which will cover us for IOD issues, such as ill-health retirement through injury, reviews, Regulation 32(2)s, PMABs, Employment Tribunals and Judicial Reviews and subsequent appeals.

Before we submit our requirements to a number of insurers, we’d like to hear what you have to say about it. We have linked to a poll within this email which we would appreciate all members all answering. This will give us a good steer of whether enough members are interested in such a policy and if so, what you are looking for.

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IODPA funding

The final thing to be discussed was the immediate problem that we find ourselves in and the lack of funds in our accounts.

As we’ve already stated, Ron is representing half of the 17 Staffordshire members that have received letters informing them that their pensions are to be reduced under regulation 33. The Federation have not yet confirmed that he will be paid to represent all those that have to gone to him for advice, and for those that have already been authorised, we do not yet know if the Federation is willing to fund this up to JR level. Paying the defence costs should we lose (without even paying Ron or David Lock) could cost £30,000.

Make no mistake, this current challenge has been building for a number of years by the forces that are currently reviewing. We HAVE to fight it all the way, because if we don’t defend our position, then the result WILL affect each and every one of us. So whilst you may not be one of the seventeen Staffordshire members that are currently under review, please DO NOT be complacent and think that this current situation does not affect you.

The result of this is that we need urgent funds, and a lot of them. We have to ensure that Ron can continue to support and represent our members.

Members at the meeting suggested that all members should immediately donate a sum of money in order to give IODPA a massive boost of funds so that we are in a better position of supporting our members well being.

The figure of £500 each was proposed which many people present agreed upon. We understand that for some, this may be no small figure, but we’d ask you to compare this amount with what you may lose should your injury pension be reduced to band one – forever! Of course this type of donation may be more achievable if payments were spread over a short period.

What was apparent, was the unanimous agreement that we all need to play a part in supporting each other.

Please support us as you see fit.

To this end, we have started a MyDonate page which is for collecting these funds. The gift aid needs to be ticked if you are a UK tax payer as we are able to receive an extra 25% on your donation. Please do not submit funds to us via other methods. MyDonate take a very small commission compared with other sites, and they also obtain our gift aid automatically for us. This is important as your £500 is actually worth £625 by the time it reaches us.

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The target we are looking to hit is £50,000. We can only do this with your support.

Thank you for taking time to read this email from us. We cannot stress the importance of raising these funds, please do not leave it to others to ensure that we do everything to secure our future pensions.

The IODPA Trustees

Dear Members,

Please see below the response by NARPO Chief Executive, Steve Edwards to the above post from the Injury On Duty Pensioners Association.

As you know the NEC will receive some pension awareness training in January provided by Haven Solicitors. In view of that, I think it is worthwhile sending you this email [see above] which has been sent around by IODPA to all their members seeking donations.

We became aware that the PFEW have removed Haven Solicitors from their approved list of solicitors, which means they will no longer refer new cases to Haven. We do not know the reason why the PFEW have done this but as you know any decisions of this nature are solely a matter for the PFEW. I have spoken to Haven solicitors regarding this matter.

My understanding from Haven is that anyone currently being represented by Haven will continue to be represented them and any new cases will be considered by the PFEW and if necessary referred to a solicitor. There is as far as we can ascertain no detrimental effect on our members [other than their case will not be taken by Haven] as they will still receive legal advice and representation from the PFEW if deemed appropriate.

Obviously, we will raise the matter with the PFEW and as such, I am writing to them just to satisfy ourselves that our members will still be afforded legal advice/support and representation if appropriate.

Whilst Haven has been very successful there are other solicitors out there who can represent both our members and PFEW members just as effectively.

IODPA, as you can see, are seeking large donations from members to enable them to obtain their own legal advice etc. from Haven.

In my view, this is not necessary our Members still have the right to seek that legal support from the PFEW which will be afforded based on the merits of the case.

No doubt Branches will be receiving emails from IODPA members to the effect as below – we certainly are!
 
 
Regards
 
 
Steve Edwards

Essex Police Benevolent Fund – NARPO Essex

Essex Police Benevolent Fund – NARPO Essex

Essex Police Benevolent Fund - NARPO Essex
Did you know that as a retired Essex Police Officer, widow, widower, civil partner or life partner you are eligible to claim from the Essex Police Benevolent Fund?

The primary objective of the Fund is to provide relief from poverty, suffering, distress or general hardship by means of cash grants, or by such other methods as the Committee shall determine.

Graham Furnival is a member of the Committee and represents the three Essex branches of NARPO. If you feel you may be eligible to make a claim please apply through your branch secretary or email to Graham at Grahams email.

If you prefer you can also make a claim direct to the Fund in writing to the Fund Secretary at Essex Police HQ. A member of the Committee will contact you for further details so that an application can be completed. It’s easy and it’s confidential.

Injury On Duty Pension Reviews

Injury On Duty Pension Reviews CC Letter

‘Injury On Duty Pension Reviews’

Dear Members,

Please see below our Chief Constable, Stephen Kavanagh’s response to my letter addressing the ‘Injury On Duty Pension Reviews’.

Everyone that received a questionnaire should now receive a further letter informing you of the Chief’s decision.

Please let me know if you do not receive a letter.

Thanks for your support in this matter.

Kind Regards

Roy Scanes

Secretary and Temporary Treasurer
Chelmsford Branch NARPO
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Disability Rights UK Membership

Disability Rights UK Membership

Dear Colleagues,

Please see below a message from Liz Sayce after 5 years as CEO of Disability Rights UK.

Kind regards

Roy Scanes

Secretary
Chelmsford Branch NARPO

It’s been an amazing privilege to be Chief Executive of Disability Rights UK, working with individuals and organisations who have joined as members – and who are a growing and increasingly influential network. With our goal of equal participation for all, with disabled people in the lead, together we are:

  • Informing more and more disabled people of their rights – for instance, through member organisations using the Disability Rights Handbook and a massive 1.6 million people visiting our website last year.
  • “Showing not just telling” how things can be done better through projects – from creating our own knowledge and supporting new leaders to getting active – often delivered jointly with local Disabled People’s Organisations
  • Influencing policy, drawing on our members’ experiences and views. Just last month we influenced government to change regulations that could have seen some young disabled people’s benefit cut by 55%; and we have influenced policy to make apprenticeships more inclusive, to get disability included in the Industrial Strategy, to give evidence to the UN on how the UK is doing on the rights of disabled people – and more.

I’m particularly pleased that we have started developing a network of regional ambassadors, and young champions on our I Can Make It campaign, so that together we can influence locally, regionally and nationally.

Meanwhile, the staff team at Disability Rights UK have established a national organisation, led by disabled people, ready for the next stage of its development. Our new CEO Kamran Mallick starts in early July.

I’ve been with Disability Rights UK for 5 years – but working in disability and mental health rights for over 30 years. I’m not about to lose the commitment to equal rights now and I hope I will see some of you in times to come.

Thank you for all your support, engagement and commitment. Here’s to a future of equal participation for all.

Best wishes

Liz

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Injury Award Reviews and Funding

Injury Award Reviews and Funding

Injury Award Reviews and Funding

Please see below an excerpt from our National website regarding ‘Injury Award Reviews’. At present Essex Police have not begun to review all injury awards but if other forces have started it may become a reality for us also.

If you do get a review and don’t know what to do then please contact me ASAP. The Essex Police Federation are still obliged to assist under current Federation Rules and I would be able to present your case for representation and if necessary funding for legal advice/representation.

Kind regards
Roy Scanes
Secretary
Chelmsford Branch
NARPO

Injury Award Reviews and Funding

We are aware that some Forces are currently conducting Injury Award Reviews under Regulation 37 Police [Injury Benefit] Regulations 2006.

The recent FISHER v Northumbria case reinforces previous case law when determining the ‘uninjured’ earnings capacity, when carrying out a review under Regulation 37; and we would remind members of the TURNER case, which concluded that:

The SMP is not entitled to take into account jobs which were previously available to the pensioner (even if not considered at the last review) or which the pensioner had previously carried out since these jobs cannot be evidence of a change in the pensioner’s degree of disablement.

The SLATER case is also relevant in that it concluded:

That reviews at a CRA must relate to the individual circumstances of the officer. This means the blanket National Average Earnings figures cannot be used to cut pensions

We have recently been in contact with the National Police Federation regarding support and funding issues for our Members, including the matters of legal advice and representation.

Whilst the National position is that the Federation will support cases involving retired officers but legal advice and representation will only be granted based on the merits of each individual case. This same process now exists for serving officers.

We have become aware that some local Police Federations have decided that they will not assist or support retired members involved in this process in any way and will not forward any claim forms requesting funding from the National Police Federation.

In view of this we would advise our Members to approach their local Police Federation in the first instance to seek their support, advice and funding. Thankfully, we are grateful to the majority of local Police Federations who are still willing to support retired members in accordance with Federation rules.

If this is not forthcoming, the Member has the option of contacting their local NARPO Branch and/or NARPO HQ for advice and assistance and we will do our best to advise you in challenging the decision yourself.

If these options are not available, or appropriate, or if you prefer, you can seek your own legal advice at your own expense. We appreciate this is not ideal, but we have liaised with a specialist firm of Solicitors who can assess the circumstances of an individual’s case and give the appropriate advice at a fixed fee. They are Haven Solicitors

However, it is a Member’s choice to decide if they wish to take legal advice and which firm they choose to instruct on their behalf.