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Police: Pensions

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of payments made to police pensioners aged (a) under 50, (b) between 51 and 55, (c) between 56 and 60, (d) between 61 and 65 and (e) 65 and over was in (i) the latest year for which figures are available, (ii) 1997, (iii) 2001, (iv) 2005 and (v) 2007. (287826)

Information on expenditure on payments to police pensioners by age group is not held centrally.

Before 2006-07 the previous pay-as-you-go system of financing was in operation, under which police pensions were paid out of forces’ operating accounts. Information about the total level of pensions expenditure net of officer contributions is included in the annual reports published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). This information is gathered independently of the Home Office.

Total expenditure on police pensions in payment in 2007-08 to retired officers and police survivors was £2.096 billion.