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Staffordshire IOD Policy

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Re: Staffordshire IOD Policy

Post by Beachcomber on Mon May 01, 2017 5:11 pm

In the IOD pensions world why do we have to put up with moving goalposts set on shifting sands?

As we reported recently:-

Staffordshire have now contacted IOD pensioners informing them of their intentions to commence reviews of all IOD pensioners except those pensioners aged 72 and over, pensioners who have been diagnosed as terminally ill, pensioners who have received their Injury Award within the last 3 years unless the Selected Medical Practitioner (SMP) had recommended that their case be reviewed within a shorter period, pensioners who have been reassessed within the last three years and pensioners on Band 1 unless they declare that their disablement has got substantially worse

Contrast that to this 'agreement' from 2008 when they were implementing HOC46/2004:-

IOD Agreement 2008

There is more on this subject on the IODPA web site
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Re: Staffordshire IOD Policy

Post by Beachcomber on Thu May 04, 2017 4:27 pm

Staffordshire Administrative Process 2017

Administrative Process
The reassessment process has been the subject of consultation by Staffordshire Police with representatives of the local branches of the Police Federation and the National Association of Retired Police Officers (NARPO).

The reassessment process is with the following parameters:

a) injury pensioners will not be reassessed if they have reached the age of 72, or have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, or are within three years of their last assessment (unless an earlier assessment has been recommended by the SMP);

b) injury pensioners currently on Band 1 will not be reassessed unless they indicate that their disablement has substantially altered for the worse;

c) in all other cases arrangements will be made for injury pensioners' degree of disablement to be reassessed by the SMP.

Administration of the reassessment process will be managed by an experienced member of the HR Support Section of the People Services Department. HR Support will correspond directly with individuals and be available to deal with their queries. HR Support will not have access to medical records. HR Support will inform individuals of the process, outcome and rights of appeal if they are dissatisfied with the decision of the SMP. They will liaise with the Payroll and Pensions Section in the event of an individual's Injury Benefit Banding being changed. In turn they will inform the pension administrators (Kier) who will make any adjustments necessary to the individual's Injury Benefit.

The Occupational Health Department will liaise with individuals being reassessed to arrange their appointment with the SMP, obtain their medical records from their General Practitioner with their written consent, and ensure that they receive a copy of the SMP's report.

Injury pensioners to be assessed are being sent a letter from the Deputy Chief Constable, in his capacity as Chair of Staffordshire Police Pension Board. The letter advises that their injury pensions will be reviewed under a programme overseen by the Police Pension Board. The letter is not being sent to those already aged 72 and over.

An initial letter will be sent to injury pensioners (in batches of eight), advising them that a reassessment programme is underway. The letter will have attached information in the form of a Frequently Asked Questions sheet and information on factors which can affect the SMP's reassessment of the injury award. They will be asked to complete a Reassessment Questionnaire and Medical Consent Form to be returned in a prepaid envelope also supplied.

If no response has been received after 21 days, a reminder letter will be sent. After 28 days a final reminder letter will be sent. Individuals who do not respond, or who refuse to participate will be referred to Occupational Health for an SMP appointment.

If any information is received that the individual is unwell or incapable of responding, their case will be considered sympathetically.

The SMP will decide whether examination or interview is needed. If travelling is impracticable for the individual, the SMP will arrange to interview them by Skype. Occupational Health will send a copy of the full SMP's Reassessment Report to the individual. The summary report will be sent to HR Support for processing.

If an individual fails to submit to medical examination or fails to attend the SMP appointment, the matter will be reported to the Police Pension Authority (PPA) for a determination under Regulation 33 (*see legal background below).

HR Support will write to the individual, informing them of the outcome and of their rights of appeal. Any adjustment to the individual's injury pension as a result of a change to their Injury Benefit Banding will be with effect from the date of the SMP's report.

Documents relating to the individual's reassessment will be kept on their Injury Benefit file, securely stored at Police Headquarters. Electronic copies will also be securely stored on Staffordshire Police's computer files, with very restricted access. The SMP's report and any related medical correspondence will be securely stored separately in the Occupational Health Department.

Staffordshire Police will not provide individuals with copies of the Regulations, case law or Home Office Circulars, all of which are available in the public domain.

The reassessment process will be reported at half-yearly intervals to Staffordshire Police Pension Board. Individual details will not be disclosed to the Board. Individual cases will not be discussed with representatives of the Police Federation or NARPO without the express written consent of the individual.

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A Look Back to the 2008 Agreement.

Post by Beachcomber on Thu May 04, 2017 4:32 pm

In 2008 prior to implementing the HOC46/2004 guidance, Staffordshire came to an eleven point agreement with the Police Federation and Narpo.

Staffordshire Police IOD Agreement 2008

Looking back at this as an interesting piece of history, it would appear that Staffordshire had some serious misgivings about the guidance and, compared.to the policies of other forces at the time, seems almost benign. It is worth looking at some of the agreed points, although 'cogent reasons' and average earnings comparators have been long since consigned to history:

Point 2. They protected ex officers who had reached State Retirement Age on 1st January 2008 This can be contrasted directly with the heinous treatment of pensioners who had reached SRA in Northumbria and other forces.

Point 6. Staffordshire declined to use average earnings as a comparator and continued to use Police pay.

Points 7and 9. Pipin has often highlighted the situation relating to officers injured early in service who therefore had been unable to accrue a full police pension. In these cases the IOD pension amounts to a very high proportion of the pensioners income and reduction to Band one has a disproportionately greater effect. This was recognised by a number of forces at that time but it is interesting to note that:

“Staffordshire Police will accept as a cogent reason for not reducing to Band 1 at SRA the fact that an ex officer was not able to accrue the equivalent of a 30 year pension. In such circumstances any reduction at SRA would only be to the equivalent of a 30 year pension plus a Band 1 injury award for the rank held at retirement. This will be increased in line with the appropriate inflation index”


“Those ex officers in receipt of a pension and an injury award that when added together falls below that of a full 30 year pension plus a band 1 injury award will retain their combined pension and injury award without reduction. Increased annually by the appropriate inflation index”

Point 10. Agreed protection arrangements will ensure that any reductions at SRA are phased to reflect the amount of such reductions and the time that the ex officer has had to plan. There will be a minimum of 12 months notice before any reduction is implemented



This piece at the end would probably have been understood by IOD's at that time to have been binding upon them which would certainly not be the case now!

Within the bounds of statutory powers this agreement is a binding contract upon all signatories.

Signed on behalf of

Staffordshire Police NARPO Police Federation

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Re: Staffordshire IOD Policy

Post by Beachcomber on Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:12 am

The 2008 'Agreement.

Narpo has asked PFEW for legal advice on the 2008 'Agreement' and concluded that it isn't legally binding.  We have often commented on the 'moving goalposts set in shifting sands' where IOD matters are concerned and here we have another example.  

IODPA are getting a great number of contacts from Staffordshire IOD's and more on this subject can be found via the link below:

https://iodpa.org/2017/06/04/update-staffordshire-agreement/
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