6th November 2016.
The Mail on Sunday today carries a feature describing the dreadful circumstances and tragic death of a former police officer Adrian Bill. Those of us involved with IOD issues are only too aware of psychological conditions involving police officers, both retired and serving. PIPIN supports and applauds the work of Safe Horizon UK and the tragic case of Adrian Bill illustrates and reinforces the need for specialised help for our colleagues who are in this situation.
26th October 2016.
The Pensions Ombudsman has published an interesting determination. This partly upheld case covers a number of elements, some of which will be of particular relevance to many of our members.
14th October 2016.
The latest developments in the review situation in Cambridgeshire are described in this update report released as a result of a very recent Freedom of Information request:
The report recommends that the force restrict reviews in the absence of national guidance. The reference to ‘savings’ appears to be an admission that the motivation for IOD reviews has been financial savings for the force.
5th October 2016.
The latest Derbyshire NARPO Branch newsletter refers to a report being submitted to Head of HR for progression through the ranks with 2 options:
1. That only those officers below 70 years of age be reviewed.
2. Review those awarded injury 10 years ago, bearing in mind those only reviewed 3 years ago.
Derbyshire IOD’s are once again reminded that we have a highly experienced legal team available and willing to assist.
12th September 2016.
The IODPA Autumn Conference was held on Sunday 11th September and is the second national meeting of our organisation to have been held this year. A range of IOD issues were debated along with updates from various force areas. Solicitor Mark Lake participated in the discussions, provided a legal update and conducted a valuable question and answer session. A member gave a very frank talk on his personal IOD experience and described how it was only assistance from Safe Horizon U K that provided the support he needed.
IODPA is developing and evolving to meet the needs of IOD’s and members were consulted on progress and proposals for the future. It was noted that a very large percentage of enquiries are now coming from serving officers indicating that there are serious shortcomings within the Police Service for the management of injuries on duty.
IODPA membership is subscription based and a number of attendees spoke in support of the good value that the subscription represents. IOD’s are urged to become members of IODPA.
31st August 2016.
Your attention is drawn to this item on the IODPA website:-
The long list of High Court cases and Pensions Ombudsman determinations relating to defence of IOD pensions exposes a disturbing level of maladministration within police forces, which together with unlawful guidance, brought the whole IOD system into disrepute. IOD pensioners have rightly raised concerns about SMP’s, not only retired IOD’s but serving officers are now increasingly expressing dissatisfaction with the system.
The fact that suitably qualified Doctors are not attracted to being SMP’s probably lies with their distaste for what they are required to do rather than having to deal with IOD’s. Please remember, IOD’s did not start this fight…….
The Pipin web site exists for the benefit of IOD’s and endeavours to report as factually and accurately as possible. We make no apologies if our existence offends individual police forces, SMP’s or even the Home Office. These individuals and organisations should remember that IOD’s are from all police forces, all ranks and have thousands of years of policing experience between them. The link common to us all is that we have all suffered injury in the course of our duties and as such should be treated with respect and not contempt and pomposity.
10th August 2016.
In two new determinations, the Pensions Ombudsman has supported IOD pensioners in the long running deduction of ESA issue. For details please click on the links below:
21st May 2016.
Safe Horizon UK has teamed up with a new project in Monmouthshire which aims to support the recovery of (ex)Police Officers with mental ill health or psychological injury.
For more information: SHUK Project
26th April 2016.
We have been informed that some injured officers applying for Criminal Injuries Compensation have been incorrectly advised by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and that, as a result, they may not have claimed the compensation which they are entitled to receive.
For more information please see JBB CIRCULAR NO : 029/2013
26th March 2016.
Derbyshire Narpo have just circulated their 2015 Annual Report which includes information that the force is contemplating restarting reviews and this has prompted considerable discussion. Derbyshire IOD’s have already advised our legal representatives concerning this development and ex Derbyshire officers who are not already in touch are urged to contact either Pipin or IODPA.
24th March 2016.
For those IOD’s wishing to have full access to the IODPA private forum, from the 1st of April there will be prerequisite that access will only be granted to subscribed IODPA members. This deadline does not apply to IODPA membership -
9th March 2016.
The latest IOD related Judicial Review is Sharp v West Yorkshire Police and PMAB. This case involves issues of ‘permanent disability’ and complex psychological condition. Importantly, this case appears to differ somewhat to the decision in the case of ‘Sidwell’.
29th February 2016.
Sunday 28th February saw the first national joint IODPA / Adfpo meeting. IOD representatives from many forces including Northern Ireland gathered in the Midlands for the largest IOD event to be held so far. The meeting was attended by solicitors Mark Lake, Ron Thompson and Mark Botham who briefed the meeting on a number of relevant issues and participated in discussions and answered questions from the floor. This meeting represents a major step forward in the organisation of IOD’s and the determination and resolve exhibited by our colleagues is a good indicator that our organisations are increasing in strength along with our ability to challenge attacks on our IOD pensions.
10th January 2016.
Safe Horizon UK (SHUK) is conducting a survey entitled “Police Service response to Officers with PTSD and Mental ill health” and is seeking the participation of serving and retired officers who are affected by these issues.
5th January 2016.
Please click on the link below to access the text of Northern Ireland Policing Board Freedom of Information Response 72/2015 Appendix A regarding a decision made by the Resources Committee on 26th November 2015. This concerns the rectification of unlawful reductions of IOD’s at the age of 65. Congratulations to our Northern Ireland colleagues who have been so persistent in pursuit of justice for IOD pensioners.
1st January 2016.
2015 failed to resolve the difficulties we have faced since the Home Office issued unlawful guidance to police authorities over a decade ago . A reasonable person would surely be astonished that this has been allowed to continue for such a long period. There may be many reasons why this has been dragged on for so long and it would not cynical to conclude, in the light of what has gone on before, that police pension authorities are likely to seek only a resolution that favours their finances.
The College of Policing Review of Force Management of Ill Health Retirements, Injury on Duty Awards and Police Medical Appeal Boards did not include reassessment of injury awards which will be subject to a specific commission at some future point. There are references to some of the difficulties and complexities of administering IOD and ill health matters in the report and also in the Scoffield report in Northern Ireland which reflect shortcomings in official competence and administration of police injury issues together with views and comments raised by SMP's and others. Clearly, many of the issues that the authorities are now finding difficult or complex have become so as a result of their attempts to degrade IOD entitlements and their actions have not been supported when subjected to independent scrutiny. It has been clear to IODs that staff administering IOD matters all too often fall short of the standards required. However this develops in the coming months and years, they cannot escape from the fact that the Home Office and Police Forces have made an awful mess of IOD matters and there is no obvious sign that it will improve.
Sadly, IOD's whether retired or serving continue to report their dissatisfaction and distrust of Selected Medical Practitioners with many feeling that SMP's are no longer independent and impartial . It is not surprising that, in some force areas, IOD's have come to distrust the system completely and SMP's have lost credibility.
Furthermore, from the increasing number of enquiries we are receiving from serving officers, it looks as though injury and ill health provisions for serving officers are facing the same sort of treatment. Unfortunately, forces seem to know only financial cost and that is how resources are measured. Police officers, by the very nature of their job, are always going to suffer injury. Injury and ill health provisions have long recognised the nature of the job and have been one of the buttresses of the police service. We have already seen, in some force areas and one in particular, that those particular elected individuals who now control our forces may not appreciate the sacrifices made by dedicated officers who have lost their careers through injury in the course of their duties.
This time last year we commented on the additional support that IOD's had been given by a well known QC and during 2015 our cause has attracted further high profile legal assistance. A number of meetings will be taking in the New Year where IOD representatives will be discussing the whole range of issues that affect us.
When authorities implemented its unlawful HOC46/2004 guidance it affected IOD's at CRA and SRA in certain force areas. Now, as the situation develops and our numbers increase including many younger IOD's and also serving officers, more very active groups have been formed, backed by a first class legal team who are dedicated to protecting IOD's.
In 2016. those of us who are able to do so must continue to use all the means at our disposal to challenge and oppose any threat to our IOD pensions.
Wishing all IOD’s a successful New Year.