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Police: Pensions

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average payment per person to members of the police pension scheme was in 2008; (232824)

(2) how many individuals belong to the (a) old and (b) new police pension scheme.

The estimated average annual police pension paid to both former officers and dependants was £13,400 in 2007-08 (rounded to the nearest £100). This estimate is based on total spending on police pensions in England and Wales in 2007-08 and an estimate of the number of police pensioners at 1 April 2008 from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Police Estimates Statistics 2008-09.

Information on the number of members of the police pension schemes is not held centrally. However, virtually all serving officers are members of one of the schemes. Figures in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin series “Police Service Strength, England and Wales” (available at

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/policeorg1.html

and in the Library) suggest that there were 12,266 officers eligible for membership of the new police pension scheme 2006 and 129,593 eligible for membership of the police pension scheme 1987 at 31 March 2008.