Police anger at changes to pensions highlighted by petition
08 November 2012
More than 100,000 police officers have now signed an online petition calling on the Government to halt its attack on police pensions.
Having reached this landmark figure - the issue can now be considered for debate in the House of Commons. We will be assisting the founder of the petition, Nigel Tompsett in seeking sponsorship. It should be noted however that this debate will be taking place during the passage of the Public Service Pensions Bill through parliament.
Simon Reed, Vice Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “The number of signatures this petition has gained paints a stark picture of the strength of feeling and anger felt by police officers across the UK
“The Police Federation of England and Wales urges the Government to take notice of this petition, to honour section 2 of the Police Pensions Act and to ensure that the voices of so many officers do not go unheard.”
In September, the Government confirmed that from April 2015, the existing police pensions schemes would be replaced by career average pension schemes. The Police Federation as a constituent part of Staff Side made the strongest possible representations to retain the current pension arrangements for serving police officers and engaged in the consultation of the Home Secretary’s proposals for police pension reform in an attempt to secure as many improvements as possible.
The General Secretary, Ian Rennie, reiterated the Police Federation’s position when giving evidence to the Public Service Pension Committee this week. To see this evidencehttp://www.parliamen...meetingId=11745
and to read the transcript: (scroll down to 2.51pm):http://www.parliamen...1-06&itemId=168
Mr Reed added: “Following the consultation with government, the Police Federation of England and Wales secured concessions with regards to the changes to police pensions in respect of retirement age and transitional arrangements.
However, this should not detract from the fact that officers are facing unprecedented attacks on their pay and conditions and there is much anger that the office of constable seems under relentless attack from this government.”
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