Police Officer Pensions (3449_15)

Request

We understand that changes have been made to the pensions of a number of police officers, in all 43 forces across England and Wales, but that some are eligible for full protection (and will remain in their previous career defined scheme until retirement), and others would have tapering protection.

Please supply us with the following information:

1) How many police officers are there currently in West Midlands Police?

2) Please send us a copy of your Equality Impact Assessment, completed in conjunction with the implementation of the scheme introduced by The Police Pension Regulations 2015.

3) Of those police officers currently in appointment, how many are:

a) full protection members of either the Police Pension Scheme 1987 or the New Police Pension Scheme 2006?

b) tapered protection of either the Police Pension Scheme 1987 or the New Police Pension Scheme 2006?

c) not full or tapered protection members of either the Police Pension Scheme 1987 or the New Police Pension Scheme 2006?

as defined by the Police Pension Regulations 2015.

4) What is the gender breakdown of each of categories 3(a), 3(b) and 3(c) above?

5) What is the ethnicity breakdown of each of categories 3(a), 3(b) and 3(c) above, where ethnicity is either `White, or `Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic’?

For the avoidance doubt, the criteria for the various levels of protection, according to the Police Pension Regulations 2015, are as follows:

Full protection members

A full protection member is any police officer who:

Was an active member of the Police Pension Scheme 1987 (the “1987 scheme”) on the scheme closing date and the 31st March 2012, and who had reached age 45 by 1st April 2012.

Was an active member of the 1987 scheme on the scheme closing date and the 31st March 2012 and who, by 1st April 2012, had reached age 38 and had 20 years¿ pensionable service under the 1987 scheme.

Was an active member of the Police Pension Scheme (Northern Ireland) 1988 (the “1988 (NI) scheme”) on 31st March 2012 and was an active member of the 1987 scheme on the scheme closing date, had no gap in pensionable service between ceasing pensionable service in the 1988 (NI) scheme and beginning pensionable service under the 1987 scheme and, if that police officer had remained in the 1988 (NI) scheme, would have been a full protection member under the 1988 (NI) scheme.

Was an active member of the New Police Pension Scheme 2006 (the “2006 scheme”) on 31st March 2012 and, unless the police officer dies, would reach age 55 on or before 1st April 2022.

Was an active member of the 1988 (NI) scheme on 31st March 2012 and was an active member of the 2006 scheme on the scheme closing date and, unless the police officer dies, would reach age 55 on or before 1st April 2022.

Was an active member of the 2009 Northern Irish police pension scheme and was an active member of the 2006 scheme on the scheme closing date and, unless the police officer dies, would reach age 55 on or before 1st April 2022.

Was an active member of an existing scheme, other than the 2006 scheme,  on the 31st March 2012 and was an active member of the 2006 scheme on the scheme closing date and, unless the police officer dies, would reach age 55 on or before 1st April 2022.

Tapered protection members

A tapered protection member is any police officer who:

Was an active member of the 1987 scheme on the scheme closing date and 31st March 2012 and had reached age 41 but not age 45 by 1st April 2012.

Was an active member of the 1987 scheme on the scheme closing date and 31st March 2012 and on 1st April 2012 had reached age 34 but not age 38 and 20 years’ pensionable service in the 1987 scheme.

Was an active member of the 1987 scheme on the scheme closing date and 31st March 2012 and on 1st April 2012 had reached age 38 but not age 45 and had between 16 and 20 years’ pensionable service in the 1987 scheme.

Was an active member of the 1987 scheme on the scheme closing date and 31st March 2012 and on 1st April 2012 had not reached age 38 and had less than 20 years’ pensionable service in the 1987 scheme but the police officer’s age (in years) added to their length of service (in years) is at least 54 but less than 58.

Was an active member of the 1988 (NI) scheme on 31st March 2012 and was an active member of the 1987 scheme on the scheme closing date, had no gap in pensionable service between ceasing pensionable service in the 1988 (NI) scheme and beginning pensionable service under the 1987 scheme and, if that police officer had remained in the 1988 (NI) scheme, would have been a full protection or tapered protection member under the 1988 (NI) scheme.

Was an active member of the 2006 scheme on the scheme closing date and 31st March 2012 and, unless the police officer dies, would reach age 55 between 2nd April 2022  and 1st April 2026 (inclusive).

Was an active member of the 1988 (NI) scheme on 31st March 2012 and an active member of the 2006 scheme on the scheme closing date and, unless the police officer dies, would reach age 55 between 2nd April 2022  and 1st April 2026 (inclusive).

Was an active member of the 2009 Northern Irish police pension scheme on 31st March 2012 and an active member of the 2006 scheme on the scheme closing date and, unless the police officer dies, would reach age 55 between 2nd April 2022 and 1st April 2026 (inclusive).

Was an active member of an existing scheme, other than the 2006 scheme,  on the 31st March 2012 and was an active member of the 2006 scheme on the scheme closing date and, unless the police officer dies, would reach age 55 between 2nd April 2022  and 1st April 2026 (inclusive).

Response

Please find attached (3449_attachment_01.pdf).

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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