THE National Association for Retired Police Officers (NARPO) represents nearly 90,000 former police officers of all ranks, together with their widows, widowers and former partners.
With changes to pensions, Christopher is seeking clarity to support Staffordshire’s retired officers.
The Tamworth MP recently attended a parliamentary drop-in held by the National Association of Retired Police Officers (NARPO).
Following a change to the Police Pension Regulations, there are now three different approaches to survivors’ pensions in the UK and what happens if an individual remarries, co-habits or forms a civil partnership after the death of their spouse.
In Northern Ireland all police widows retain their survivor’s pension upon remarriage, co-habitation or civil partnership irrespective of the circumstances of the death of their spouse. Whereas throughout the rest of the UK, the pension is only retained if the death of the spouse occurred on duty or as a result of an injury on duty.
READ MORE: View from the House – 9th May 2019
To further complicate matters in England and Wales the pension is only retained if the remarriage or cohabitation occurred after 1st April 2015, whereas in Scotland there is no such restriction.
Speaking after the drop in Christopher said: “I was interested to attend NARPOs drop-in to learn more about this issue. It seems sensible that all police widows and widowers are treated the same throughout the United Kingdom. Their contribution to public service often goes unrecognised but they provide crucial support to their spouses in conducting their roles, both emotionally and practically.”