The Scottish Police Federation represents all police officers in the ranks of constable, sergeant, inspector and chief inspector, police cadets and special constables; over 18,500 people, 98% of all police officers in Scotland.
The Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA) have advised that they will issue Annual Benefit Statements for active members of the Police Pension Schemes (Scotland) by 31 August 2017.
To qualify for an Annual Benefit Statement, you must have been an active Scheme member on 31 March 2017. If the SPPA have been unable to generate a statement, you will be issued a letter explaining why.
Your 2017 Annual Benefit Statement includes:
Current Accrued Benefits
Current level of death benefits
Lifetime Allowance information
To find out more, please visit the Annual Benefit Statement section of the SPPA Website, where you can:
Use a Police Pension Calculator to project future estimates.
View detailed guidance on your statement, including case studies.
If you have any queries regarding your statement, you should contact the SPPA at email@example.com
Over the past few years a team of runners from Dumfries calling themselves the Run Doonhame (RDH) team have raised a considerable amount of money for Care of Police Survivors and Cash For Kids (Dumfries and Galloway).
Last year (2016) the RDH team raised over £26000 when they ran in relay, 24 hours a day from London-Cardiff-Dublin-Belfast –Edinburgh, where they arrived in time to all individually run the Edinburgh Marathon a total of 750 miles of running.
This year the RDH team (PC Ian Dawes, PC Adam Watret, PC Scott McCreadie and Retired Sergeant Iain McKie) have binned their running shoes and are cycling from John O Groats to Lands End which will include the Police Scotland leg of UK Police Unity Tour and again we will be raising money for the above named charities.
On Monday 24th July, The RDH team will leave John O Groats and head towards the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan where they hope to arrive on Wednesday (26th July) evening.
Thursday morning see’s the start of the UK Police Unity Tour from the Police Memorial at Tulliallan where the RDH team will be joined by further cyclist from Edinburgh and make their way over the next three days to the Care of Police Survivors weekend at Tamworth in Staffordshire where they will be joined by cyclists from Police forces across the UK. Each Cyclist will ride in honour of an officer who has died on duty and wear a band of honour in that officers memory which they will hand over to a family member on arrival in Tamworth.
This year’s bands of Honour will be worn for Lewis Fulton Strathclyde, Douglas Wiggins Police Scotland, Alan McMurray Lothian & Borders, Kenneth Brodie Dumfries & Galloway, Joseph Drake Stirling & Clackmannan, George Taylor Strathclyde, Kirsty Nelis Police Scotland and George Hughes Fife.
On Sunday 29th July, the Unity Tour cycle to the National Memorial Arboretum for a memorial service attended by the families and senior officers from across the UK.
On completion of the memorial service the RDH team will continue on with their challenge and hope to arrive at Lands End on Wednesday 3rd August
The Health and Safety Committee of the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) is currently reviewing our members Personal Protective Equipment.
This review has been brought about by a number of factors including the increased threat level and ongoing concerns over the general level of violence being presented to our members. It builds on the highly commended discussion at the SPF Biennial Conference on protecting officers and develops some local survey work, most notably in G Division.
This evidence based review will consider currently held data, professional opinion, different international models, technological options and most importantly the views of officers.
To this end I would urge you to take part in the following survey at staging.spf.org.uk/ppe.
It will take only a couple of minutes to complete on a PC, tablet or smartphone and full responses will be available to SPF only. The request for an email address is only for validation purposes and will not be part of the data set considered. Every care will be taken to keep responses unidentifiable.
I look forward to your participation and would encourage you to share this link with your PSoS colleagues. The Survey will close on Thursday 20th July 2017 at 0700hrs.
The Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA) has now published a calculator in partnership with the Police Scotland Pensions Team, the Scottish Police Federation and the Government Actuaries Department.
The complexities of the new pension arrangements have made this a particularly challenging piece of work but after considerable testing and refinement we have a high degree of confidence in the figures that are being produced.
The calculator and supporting documentation can be found on the SPPA website .
Recap on new Pension Arrangements
Prior to the pension changes being announced in 2012, in general terms, officers would have either been in the 1987 Police Pension Scheme (PPS) or if they joined after April 2006, the New Police Pension Scheme (NPPS).
The CARE pension scheme that started in 2015 impacted on officers below a certain age or service.
In 2015, SPPA wrote to all members telling them what scheme they were in and whether (and when) they would transfer to the new CARE scheme.
There are therefore 3 main groups of officers:
- Officers on 1987 and 2006 Scheme who will finish their service and retire on their old pension scheme (PPS/NPPS)
- Officers who at a date (determined by your age and service) transfer from the PPS/NPPS to the CARE scheme. These officers will get 2 pensions – their PPS/NPPS and their CARE pension.
- Officers who joined the CARE scheme – these officers will get a CARE pension
The Calculator takes these factors into account for you.
Brief Overview of the three Pension Schemes
In the PPS you get 1/60 of your final salary for each of the first 20 years of your service. You then get 2/60 for the each of the last 10 years. On completion of 30 years’ service you will therefore get 40/60, i.e. 2/3, of your final salary. You thereafter have the option of converting a portion of it to give you a lump sum.
If however you transfer to the CARE scheme, the accrual rate will be rebalanced to even it out throughout your service, e.g. if you work for 30 years, 15 of which were on the 1987 scheme, you will get 15/45 (as opposed to 15/60) of your Final Salary Plus 15 years of CARE scheme pension.
The NPPS accrues at 1/70 per year and officers had to work for 35 years to get a maximum pension. 35/70 gives half of your final salary. In addition to this a tax free lump sum is paid out, however you can convert this to increase your pension.
If you transfer into the CARE scheme you will receive 1/70 for every year in the NPPS and additionally the CARE benefits you accrue.
The CARE scheme is a different model altogether. Each year a portion of an officer’s annual salary is put into a pot. The pot will increase in value (above inflation) each year until retirement. A new pot is created each year and when you retire you get the sum of all the pots back as an annual pension. You can convert a part of this to a tax free lump sum.
The complexity of the pensions will is now be becoming clear to most and we would urge members to consult with Pension Regulations or seek Professional Advice if unclear. Unfortunately and legally the SPF are unable to advise on pension matters.
Please also note that the Scottish CARE accrual rate is different to the rate elsewhere in the UK and benefits officers who wish to retire before 60. The Calculator will not therefore work accurately for non-PSOS officers. Officers transferring out of PSOS should also be alert that there may be a pension detriment if they move to another UK Force and they are urged to take advice.
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