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Surrey Police Police Injury Pensions - Review Policy

The Policy document below has been provided as an example of the appalling lack of professionalism that is evident in the Human Resources/Occupational Health departments of several of the police forces in England and Wales. It is a sad reflection on the shortcomings of the modern police service that this document is by no means an extreme example. Frankly, it looks like it was cobbled together by someone on work experience. The author clearly has not the slightest understanding of how the Regulations should be applied to reviews. However, this document presumably went up the line and was agreed by at least the Deputy Chief Constable and must have been approved also by the Police Authority, which retains ultimate responsibility for all decisions made to conduct reviews of injury pensions. Former officers in receipt of an injury pension are surely entitled to see their pensions managed and administered in a manner that is within the requirements ofthe Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006. Unfortunately, there seems to be little hope of that happening in Surrey. The Policy document was revised in February 2011. With that date it should have reflected the vitally important effect of recent cases in the Administrative Court and determinations by the Pensions Ombudsman. Those legal decisions should have been reflected in the Policy. As it stands, the Policy is recommending unlawful reviews. If you are a former Surrey officer in receipt of an injury pension you should contact your local Federation and NARPO reps without delay. Currently, reviews of injury pensions are suspended, on the advice of the Home Office, but they may recommence early next year. If this Policy is not radically amended you can be sure that your pension is not going to be reviewed in accordance with the Regulations.

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