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Police: Pay

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate she has made of the cost of backdating the revision of commutation factors for the lump sum paid to all police officers who retired before 1 October 2007; (212173)

(2) what estimate she has made of the number of retired police officers who would benefit if the revision of commutation factors for the lump sum paid to all police officers who retired before 1 October 2007 was backdated;

(3) for what reasons the backdating of changes to the revision of commutation factors for the lump sum paid to retiring police officers was applied to officers retiring after 1 October 2007.

The detailed arrangements for the implementation of new lump sum commutation factors under the Police Pension Scheme 1987 required time for consideration and consultation across Departments before they could be put in place. In view of the time taken we decided, in consultation with the Government Actuary’s Department, that it would be appropriate to backdate implementation to 1 October 2007.

As at 31 March 2007, the most recent date for which figures are available, projections suggested a total of 95,000 retired police officers in receipt of a police pension. Estimates have not been made of the number of these former officers who commuted part of their annual pension for a lump sum, or the cost of applying the new commutation factors to all such former officers.