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.