Pensions (13519/19)

Request

1. How many adult survivors have lost their entitlement to receive a “widow’s pension” because they have either remarried or started to cohabit? Please provide the relevant data for each Police Force over the last ten years on a year by year basis.

2. How many adult survivors have had their pension reinstated in circumstances where they have divorced their new spouse or ceased cohabitation with their new partner? Again please provide the relevant data for each Police Force over the last 10 years.

3. What information is given to a widows when a widow’s pension first comes into payment? Please provide copies of the information provided.

4. What further information is sent to a widow once the pension is in payment? Please provide copies.

5. Do you send letters to widows periodically to verify they are still living alone and not remarried or cohabiting? If so please provide copies

6. Do you require a countersigned certificate to verify a widow has not remarried or cohabited? If so please provide copies.

7. If a widow remarries or cohabits what information do you send to the widow? Please provide copies.

8. Do you send further letters to those whose pension has been withdrawn as a result of remarriage or cohabitation to verify their circumstances are still the same [i.e. they are still remarried or cohabiting]? If so please provide copies.

9. What information do you send a widow if a pension is reinstated? Please provide copies.

Response

Please find attached and enclosed our response.

1. How many adult survivors have lost their entitlement to receive a “widow’s pension” because they have either remarried or started to cohabit? Please provide the relevant data for each Police Force over the last ten years on a year by year basis.

Since 2015 11 pensions have been suspended

2. How many adult survivors have had their pension reinstated in circumstances where they have divorced their new spouse or ceased cohabitation with their new partner? Again please provide the relevant data for each Police Force over the last 10 years.

WMP have not reinstated any pensions

3. What information is given to a widows when a widow’s pension first comes into payment? Please provide copies of the information provided.

Please see attached

4. What further information is sent to a widow once the pension is in payment? Please provide copies. Nothing further

Only payslips/P60 and any information which is circulated to pensioners in general

5. Do you send letters to widows periodically to verify they are still living alone and not remarried or cohabiting? If so please provide copies

Not at this time- therefore under FOI no recorded information is held.

6. Do you require a countersigned certificate to verify a widow has not remarried or cohabited? If so please provide copies. –

Not at this time- therefore under FOI no recorded information is held.

7. If a widow remarries or cohabits what information do you send to the widow? Please provide copies:

There is no standard letter – therefore under FOI no recorded information is held.

8. Do you send further letters to those whose pension has been withdrawn as a result of remarriage or cohabitation to verify their circumstances are still the same [i.e. they are still remarried or cohabiting]? If so please provide copies.

Not at this time- therefore under FOI no recorded information is held.

9. What information do you send a widow if a pension is reinstated? Please provide copies.

No cases for WMP

Attachments

WIDOW NOTES WMP

WIDOWER’S NOTES WMP

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