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Police: Death Benefits

Volume 461: debated on Monday 18 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assistance he provides to the dependants of fallen police officers; and if he will make a statement. (143204)

The Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006 provide for certain awards and gratuities to be paid by the police authority for the force where the officer last served to his or her dependants where the officer died as the result of an injury received without default in the execution of his or her duty as a constable. A surviving spouse or civil partner will receive a pension of up to half the officer's pensionable pay plus a lump-sum gratuity of up to either five times the officer's pensionable pay or four times the officer's total remuneration for the last twelve months of his or her service, whichever is the lesser amount. Other awards are available for surviving children and adult dependent relatives, subject to eligibility, the amount of any such award depending on the circumstances.