Widows Pension’s (4724_17)

Request

Since 01/01/2013 a total how many widows do you have in receipt of a widow’s pension?

Since 01/01/2013 we may provide the total amount of widows who have had their pensions revoked, due to remarriage/ cohabitation

Since 01/01/2013 the total number of widows who have had their pensions reinstated

It is not possible to predict when an officer will retire. Based upon those who are fully protected, we may provide a total of officers who will retire from the 1987 scheme.

Response

Please find enclosed our response.

 

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution.

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.

 

How many widows do you have in receipt of a widow’s pension?

 

1106

 

How many widows have had their pensions revoked as a result of remarriage/cohabitation?

 

Since 01/01/2013 we have two widows whose pensions have been stopped for re-marriage, and two that have been stopped for co-habitation.

 

How many widows have had their pensions reinstated as a result of the ending of their current marriage or cohabitation and how many widows have had their request for reinstatement refused?

 

From an interrogation of payroll records, which only record from 01/01/2013, we can locate one widow who has had her pension re-instated.

 

How many officers remain in the 1987 Police Pensions Scheme and how many of them will retire whilst still covered by the 1987 scheme?

 

It is not possible to predict when an officer will retire. Based upon those who are fully protected, there are 1185 who will retire from the 1987 scheme. In addition there are 129 officers for whom it is currently estimated that they could retire before entering the CARE scheme.

 

In addition to the offer I made, our pension expert has provided additional information, which I have provided to assist, I trust you will find this additional guidance useful.

 

How many widows have had their pensions granted for life as a result of the amendments to the Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006 in January 2016?

 

This information is not centrally recorded. It should be noted that it is not a matter of pensions being “granted for life”. A widow whose husband died on duty could report to us today that she re-married three years ago, and therefore have her entitlement stopped. A decision to stop or not stop a widow’s pension would and will be made on a case-by-case basis.

 

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