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8th March 2013 ~ Home Secretary increases Police pension contributions again....
The Home Secretary Theresa May today confirmed her intention to once again further increase police officer pension contributions with effect from 1st April 2013. Depending on which scheme they are in ~ 2006 or 1987 ~ officers will see increases of a further 1% or 1.25% respectively.
The result is that our pension contributions have so far risen to 11.5% (from 9.5% ~ 2006) and 13.5% (from 11% ~ 1987) over the last two years! This makes our pensions one of the most expensive in the public sector.
You may remember that these increase have come about since the implementation of the Winsor Review, which not only recommended these increases that we've already seen, but also recommends one further increase next year!
Of course this latest increase forms only part of the pain we are feeling; considering the effects of a two-year pay freeze, cuts of 20% to police budgets and falling officer numbers nationwide, it is hardly surprising that police officers in England and Wales are struggling both personally as well as collectively. Much has been said in recent months of the low levels of morale among officers ~ this news is hardly going to address that growing problem.
Our pensions are appropriate for what we do, and we pay a huge amount towards them.
So much for the independence of IPSA....
David Cameron's favourite phrase "we're all in it together" should instead be replaced by George Orwell's popular phrase ~ "all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."
Could You ?
Watch this fantastic video on British Police ~ Pay, Conditions, Pension....and please pass it around for all to view.
Stick it on Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Websites....everywhere!! Tell others about it too.
It simply says it all ~ so eloquently
Interesting Stuff ~ read the Tory manifesto of 2005 when Michael Howard was in charge.
They promised 5000 extra Police Officers each year!
Paperwork & Political Correctness to be cut drastically!
Tougher sentence for career criminals!
Prisoners to serve their full sentences!
Where did it all go so terribly wrong?? David Cameron, perhaps.....??
Horrific video on YouTube(not shown immediatelyby the media) of some of the awful scenes during the London Riots - watching this will make you feel sick and help you realise just what the emergency services as well as businesses had to go through at the hands of the rioters...
Now watch this video - Police Cuts Cross the Line - straight after watching the one above, and see how you feel about the swingeing 20% cuts the Government are forcing on the British Police Service...
The government mantra for some time has been to declare that long-term affordability is one of the main reasons for reforming police pensions. Yet when I met and challenged the policing minister Damien Green in Parliament last November on the fact that the whole of next year's police budget will be smaller than the overseas aid budget, (which saw an increase!) he dismissed the argument out of hand, telling me that the overseas aid budget is a tiny drop in the ocean of the government's finances!! "Exactly my point," I responded!!
Yet we often hear about the so-called 'gold-plated pensions' of police officers from government ministers and MPs. The media loves this as well, and we often find ourselves castigated for daring to receive a pension suitable to the type of work we do!
Interestingly, the body that advises the government recommended that MPs' pension contributions should increase by 2.4% this year. However, after pressure from...guess who ~ MPs...the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) intervened and the resultant increase was only 1.8%.