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Ten Years On.....

Post by Beachcomber on Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:00 pm

It is now exactly 10 years since the 'dreaded brown envelopes' dropped through the letterboxes of Derbyshire IOD's informing them that the force was adopting a policy based on guidance suggested in Home Office Circular 46/2004 and commencing reviews of ex officers of compulsory retirement age and state retirement age. Many of those affected had been told, in some cases many years previously, that they had completed the force's review programme and would not be called for review again.

The shattering effect that this move, by Derbyshire and a number of other forces, had on ex officers lives is well known and eventually lead  to a very effective opposition being organised by pensioners which resulted in the Home Office guidance being declared unlawful and withdrawn. It should be remembered that the case which finally resulted in the withdrawal of the guidance was brought by a Derbyshire IOD ex officer.

It is appalling that after such a long period, pensioners are still having to endure the stress and anxiety of this uncertain situation. There have been a number of occasions during the last ten years when Derbyshire have indicated that they would be restarting reviews and we must expect that, at some point, they will do so. It remains to be seen just how the force will approach the subject but ex officers should be very wary and be prepared to question and test any aspect of the process which worries them. It would be foolish to expect the administration of the process to be impartial or indeed fair and we can expect that the process to favour the force's finances rather than the IOD pensioner.

Ten years ago we were individuals facing what seemed to be a hopeless situation but IOD's did not accept it and 'roll over' and look what happened.  Now we have come together and organised ourselves, we have an excellent very experienced legal team to support us and now have IODPA, our own organisation which includes not just the IOD's of CRA and SRA but younger retired IOD's and serving IOD officers.

Derbyshire IOD's have been represented on ADfPO (the IOD liaison group which coordinated opposition to HOC46/2004) and now IODPA.  Any new policy from the force is likely to be 'robust' in favour of the force but we are able to respond with a very robust challenge where necessary. Solicitors from the legal team are already assisting some Derbyshire  IOD's and are ready to advise, assist and act for Derbyshire IOD's when required.

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