Police Pensions - the Concerns...

March 2011

Dear Colleague,

You will be aware that Lord Hutton's final report has been presented to the Government. He has already stated in his first report that "if the Government wishes to make short-term savings, then raising contribution rates would be the most effective way."

We currently contribute 11% (Officers who joined prior to April 2006) and 9.5% (Officers who joined after April 2006). These are already extremely high levels of contributions.

May I encourage you to write to your MP to urge him or her to put our case to the Police Minister Nick Herbert in an effort to safeguard our pension contributions? The more letters they receive, the greater the impact and the stronger our case. But hurry...time is getting short. 

Now is the time for Urgent Action!

I have prepared a sample letter that you can simply add your MP's details to, then print off, sign and add your details at the bottom and post off to your MP. 

Here is the letter in Microsoft Word and .... here it is in a PDF ...!

Alternatively, click on the Pensions Letter tab at the top of this page, or here for a quick link, then copy, paste and print.

I have removed the link that previously enabled you to email the letter, as the emailing system filters out bulk mailings, which this letter has started to become!

Yours,

Nigel Tompsett 

Police Sergeant 424
Southwold Police Station
Suffolk Constabulary





Nigel Tompsett
Police Sergeant
Police Pensions - the Concerns
How Police Pension
Contributions Compare...

Police Officers ...... 9.5 - 11%

Fire Service ........ 8.5% - 11%

Teachers ...................... 6.4%

NHS employees ....... 5 - 8.5%

Local Govt............. 3.5 - 6.5%

Civil Servants ............... 3.5%

Judges .................. 1.8 - 2.4%

Armed Forces ................. nil

So it is clear that we Police Officers, whatever our length of service, are all paying significantly higher amounts into our Police Pension than most of our fellow public sector workers.

Should we be expected to contribute yet more....?

I'll leave it to you to answer that - please do so by writing to your MP.

Thank you so much.


     
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