18th January 2018.
We are informed that Essex Police have decided to commence IOD reviews.
8th January 2018.
The next IODPA national conference will be held on 25th February and the association advises that only a few places remain. Any members who have not registered and wish to attend should contact email@example.com without delay. The conference venue is at a central location with good motorway access. Three solicitors from the legal team have already confirmed that they will be attending.
Please contact IODPA for further information.
5th January 2018.
The Pensions Ombudsman has published the latest IOD determination in which an Avon and Somerset IOD pensioner has had the complaint partly upheld.
Staffordshire have apparently contacted some IOD’s who have received Subject Access Reports (SAR) seeking the return of documentation. Quite why this is occurring is not yet known but this move has caused concern among affected IOD’s.
1st January 2018.
As we start the New Year it is worthwhile to take a look back at 2017.
2017 saw a number of IOD issues clarified through successful challenges in the Courts and official bodies like the Information Commissioners Office. These clarifications include issues such as police pay comparator/ uninjured earning capacity and the provision of medical records and personal data. In some respects the situation appears to have become more complex and a further important development was the ruling that IOD pensions are an occupational pension in relation to the Equality Act 2010. Our legal team, including David Lock QC, have provided advice and opinion on a number of aspects of the IOD situation.
IODPA has continued to evolve rapidly and 2017 saw it gain full charitable status. IODPA is very proactive, supporting IOD's and defending our pensions. Although it is still early days the organisation is trying to introduce innovative support and services that have not been available elsewhere . IODPA has held two very successful national conferences in 2017 as well as a number of local support meetings in areas where review programmes are underway.
2017 saw reviews carried out in some force areas with Staffordshire starting their controversial programme late in the year. Part way through the programme, their SMP withdrew his services abruptly and we await news of how the force intends to continue its planned reviews for early in the New Year. We can expect other forces to introduce review programmes which are likely to consist of reworking previous failed policies and Police Pension Authorities (Chief Constables) will always claim that their process is lawful, fair and in accordance with the Regulations. The purpose of the Regulations is to ensure that the pensioner receives the correct level of pension, not, as the PPA's seem to think, the lowest level of pension! Our forces will probably also continue to perpetuate the erroneous notion that our opposition to their review policies is based on a few disgruntled ex officers!.
Our response will follow the established lawful route of appeals to PMAB and the Administrative Courts coupled with the possibility of other legitimate appropriate avenues and it is our response that will ultimately determine the correct interpretation of the Regulations.
As other forces start reviewing can expect contact from previously unaffected IOD's who will have access to good legal advice straight away from our legal team on our rights and responsibilities in relation to the Regulations and issues such as the correct response to intimidating demands for medical records and unnecessary personal information which are not required under the Regulations.
It was intended to assimilate PIPIN into IODPA in 2017/18 but there has been an upsurge in interest and the web site will continue to operate independently for as long as it is required. The popularity of the IODPA secure forum has resulted in a considerable reduction in participation on the PIPIN forum. It would appear that participants understandably prefer the more secure platform. Therefore if usage remains low, the PIPIN forum will be closed.
PIPIN wishes all IOD's and our supporters a very successful New Year.