Former officers win pensions payout
11 June 2015
Retired officers could be set for a payout after a Pensions Ombudsman ruling that some had been underpaid following pension scheme errors.
Officers who retired between 1 December 2001 and 30 November 2006 will have their pensions recalculated after the government accepted the ombudsman’s ruling. This followed a test case brought by a retired firefighter but the ruling also applies to those retired officers affected.
A Home Office statement said: ‘The government is committed to ensuring that eligible former firefighters and former police officers receive their entitlement, and are working with scheme administrators to begin work to identify eligible individuals and to calculate how much each person is owed.
‘This will take time, with thousands of historic records to look through. Once this information is available, the Pension Schemes will put in place a process to make appropriate payments as quickly as possible. Members will receive updates through their former employers in due course.’
The firefighter, who was the subject of the test case, had claimed that he suffered as a result of the government’s failure to review commutation factors (for those retiring between 1998-2006) and to communicate the impending changes in a timely manner. Last month, the Pensions Ombudsman announced that they ruled in favour of his case. The Police Federation of England and Wales had already won a judicial review on the issue in 2008.
Andy Fittes, General Secretary, Police Federation for England and Wales, said:
“The government has accepted a ruling against them by the Pensions Ombudsman. Individual pension cases for former officers, who retired between 1 December 2001 and 30 November 2006, will be revisited and revised were appropriate.
“The government will now work with administrators to identify other, eligible, former police officers and calculate how much each officer is owed. Once this information is available, the Pension Schemes will put in place a process to make payments as quickly as possible. Members will receive updates through their former employers in due course.”