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Police Pension Scheme 2015 – the legal position

Throughout the pension reform process PFEW has listened to the views and concerns of members and the Pension Challenge group, and we have taken advice from our lawyers and from leading counsel about the legality of the Government’s changes. We have recently taken further advice from leading counsel as to whether the position has changed or is affected by the publication of the Police Pensions Regulations 2015.

All possible challenges have been considered including:

• public law (judicial review: but being primary legislation, this is not subject to this);
• European law and Human Rights law (in several recent cases the European Court of Human Rights has not been swayed by arguments that those on the public service have had to bear the brunt of economic reform);
• and discrimination. (The key challenge here considered was whether these pension changes would be age discrimination: however, the law states that age discrimination can be justified as a proportionate means to a legitimate end, and it is likely to be considered as such in this instance).

At this time, we will therefore not be challenging the introduction of the Police Pension Scheme 2015. However, we will continue to monitor how the scheme operates in practice and we maintain an open mind should circumstances change that give rise to a potential successful legal challenge.

Andy Fittes
General Secretary
Police Federation of England and Wales

Free Workplace Mental Health Support Services

You can receive free support for mental health issues


What is the aim of the service?

To support any employed person with mental health conditions to retain and sustain employment with an emphasis on maintaining wellbeing and productivity at work. The individual does not have to involve their employer with the support.

Who can access this service?

Anyone who is employed or self-employed with a mental health condition. They may be attending work or off sick.

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Cycle2Work Scheme

You can now view the full list of particpating cycle dealers for the Cycle2Work Scheme.

Click here to see the full list in an excel spreadsheet

If you require further information on the scheme then please visit the website and for any internal enquiries please contact

Dawn Walters
Ymgynghorydd Cyflogres/Payroll Advisor
Heddlu Dyfed-Powys Police
Ffon ~ Tel: 01267 226383
Est. Pencadlys ~ HQ Ext: 23811
e-bost ~ e-mail:

Gorvins Solicitors

Gorvins Solicitors; Helping YOU…While you help others

Gorvins Solicitors have acted for the police, its officers, personnel and families for more than 20 years. We are experts in all aspects of police family law and provide an unrivalled service which gets to know you and your specific situation.

From divorce and separation issues (including disputes over children, financial matters and police pensions) to residential property and helping you plan your will for the future, you can rest assured Gorvins will provide professional and personal advice to you.


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Increased limits - spending money in Greece

General advice from travel organisations is to take more cash when holidaying in Greece in the event of it becoming difficult to access money from ATMs, banks and exchanges. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) recommends taking more than one type of payment method abroad so holidaymakers should be taking adequate cash along with other types of payment method – debit, credit and pre-paid cards.

Increased cover

So, we’ve temporarily doubled the limit for cash which is lost or stolen while on holiday up to £600 per adult for your customers, who have a standard travel insurance policy and are heading to Greece on or before 30 September, 2015. It’s an automatic increase to the cover so you or your customers don’t have to do anything.

The limit for theft or loss of cash for under 16’s is £100. This means that a family of four (two adults and two children) are now covered for up to £1,400 personal money – an extra £600. Please let your customers know about these changes.

“We want to make sure that our customers who are travelling to Greece and are planning to take more cash, feel confident it’s covered if it were lost or stolen. We’d encourage customers to consider taking smaller denominations, splitting money between travellers, and keeping it in safety deposit boxes to avoid carrying too much around.” Kate Niven, Travel Underwriting Manager for Aviva

If you have any questions about these changes, please contact your usual personal lines underwriter.

Issued for use by Intermediaries only. This information has not been authorised for direct use with customers. Aviva Insurance Limited Registered in Scotland, No. 2116 Registered Office: Pitheavlis, Perth PH2 0NH. Authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Unsubscribe here.

Support the National Police Memorial Day

Dear colleague,

As you know, NPMD is a charitable organisation who relies solely on donations in order to provide the day of national remembrance many of you attend to pay our respects to our fallen colleagues and their families.

As highlighted at conference, Andy Fittes and I are running the Bristol 10k in 2 weeks time to raise money for this worthy cause.

Please follow the link below and consider a donation either personally or from your boards. Please also feel free to forward the link to your members and senior officers, to whom I will also be writing asking for support.

Many thanks in advance,

Click here to support this great cause

Steve White FCMI
Chairman Police Federation of England and Wales

Motor Source Group Offers

Updated for summer 2015

See the latest offers from the Motor Source Group for the following makes:

You can visit the Motor Source Group web site here

Get a free will from Slater & Gordon Lawyers, formerly Russell Jones & Walker

If you're a member of the Police Federation and don't yet have a will, click here to get one for nothing. Just register and then insert the voucher code DYF999 in voucher area of the purchase page

Click here for more information


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Local News and Useful Documents

Join the Campaign Against Living Miserably community

CALM, the campaign against living miserably, offers men support and information when they’re down or in crisis at We exist to prevent suicide, the single biggest killer of men aged between 20 and 45 in the UK. Latest figures show that 78% of all UK suicides were male.

A group of us from Team 2 MCU will be attempting the British 3 Peaks Challenge on 25th and 26th June 2015. This will be a year since Charlie died, and we wanted to do something to remember him. As he loved 'the great outdoors' we feel this is a fitting tribute to him.  And also we would like to help other people like him, to hopefully find an alternative to the sad route Charlie found himself on.

Click here to view the JustGiving web site address for this worthy cause

Click here to view the YouTube video by Professor Green

Personal Taxation Service

During the last 20 years, the team at Personal Taxation Services have reviewed millions of tax codes for UK tax payers and helped recover over £112 million in overpaid tax. 

Over 1 in 3 people who complete the tax code review service receive money back from HMRC because Personal Taxation Services found their clients had been allocated an incorrect tax code at some time in the past 4 years.

Apply now for your tax code review and see if you could get money back:

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