The Police Rehabilitation Centre, Flint House Support to Policing - Corona Virus Update July 7thnd 2020

Flint House

To keep you and your Federation members updated the following update is for all in Policing who are involved in officer wellbeing and welfare at this challenging time.

Following the latest Government advice regarding COVID -19 we are unable to accept or hold application forms for residential treatments.
We are working hard to ensure that the Centre is safe for staff and ready to receive patients on site as soon as it is safe to do so.

Following the latest Government advice regarding COVID -19 we are unable to accept or hold application forms for residential treatments.

We are working hard to ensure that the Centre is safe for staff and ready to receive patients on site as soon as it is safe to do so.

However we have adapted our approach to work with patients via the internet, dealing both with the backlog of Attendance Applications booked in for whilst lockdown was in force, and now those going forward.

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 The PAG Report & Treatment of Police Pensions upon Divorce

The report of the Pension Advisory Group (“PAG”), “a Guide to the Treatment of Pensions on Divorce” was published in July 2019.

Three recent decisions by the Family Court concerning the divisions of pensions have all referenced the PAG report as being influential on judicial decision making.

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 PFEW to launch Compensation Claim against Government

15th May 2020

Group Action the ‘only step available’ to ensure members are treated fairly

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 Important Message for Retired Members

We have been made aware of an issue with insurance premiums this month.

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 Thank you letter from Crime and Policing Minister, Kit Malthouse MP.

  Vice Chair Ché Donald, with Police Care UK’s Director of Research, Dr Jess Miller.

This youtube video gives guidance to help Officer deal with the effects of Covid 19. It is facilitated by Vice Chair Ché Donald, with Police Care UK’s Director of Research, Dr Jess Miller.

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 Nation Police Chiefs Council Personal Protection Equipment Guidance - COVID 19

Nation Police Chiefs Council Personal Protection Equipment Guidance - COVID 19

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 Statement was issued on 9 April 2020 by PFEW around the acceptance of PPE guidance

‘The attached statement was issued on 9 April 2020 by PFEW around the acceptance of PPE guidance and access that Officers have to PPE. As Gwent Federation Representatives we are pleased to be able to say that Gwent Senior Officers believe that Officers should be offered access to IIR fluid resistant surgical masks when working in a vehicle as part of a double crew, and actively encourage all Officers to utilise the PPE that is provided.’

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 Group Insurance - Sickness Benefit Claims (COVID-19)

Please be reassured during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation we will be handling Sickness Benefit Claims as a priority to ensure there is no undue delay in issuing benefit payments for members. We are hoping to maintain our usual service standards for these specific claims (turnaround within 3 – 5 working days). Members should be mindful that outstanding documentation will not be chased and it is therefore important to ensure the relevant signed paperwork is emailed in good time for payment to be made in the usual timeframes.

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 INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)

In the first instance you should obtain and follow advice given by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and local or UK health authorities.

Where you have a query that relates to your travel plans, you must contact your tour operator, airline, accommodation provider or other travel companies to discuss options such as refunds, amendments or postponements.

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 Engineering work on our phone lines

Engineers will be working on the phone lines at the Federation Office on 5 March 19 which may cause disruption. If you are unable to get through to the Federation Office please send an email to gwent@polfed.org or phone Maria (Chair) on 07583 010580 or Nicky (Secretary) on 07971 572741

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 Update on the remedy to remove discriminatory provisions from the police pension schemes

This update and the attached FAQs are relevant to all members. This is the case whether you originally qualified for any of the transitional protections or not and whether you joined the pension scheme before 1 April 2015 or on or after that date, as ultimately all members are likely to be affected in some way by the remedy.

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 Awgrymiadau ar helpu rhywun i siarad yn agored pan mae rhywbeth yn bod / Little tips for helping someone open up when something’s up

Pan mae rhywun yn cario pryderon a theimladau anodd o gwmpas, gall deimlo’n unig iawn /When someone is carrying around worries and difficult feelings, it can feel very lonely

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 Department for Transport and the Home Office with the National Police Chiefs’ Council are currently conducting a review of Roads Policing.

You may be aware that the Department for Transport and the Home Office with the National Police Chiefs’ Council are currently conducting a review of Roads Policing. As part of this they are gathering evidence from police officers about what roads policing really looks like in terms of amount of time and type of activity, when compared against non-roads policing work.

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 Police Care UK

Police Care UK, are recruiting volunteers

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 Police Federation responds as Taser ‘bidding’ process begins

New ring-fenced funding introduced following PFEW campaign

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 Gwent Forum Magerzine Winter 2019

 Federation response to IOPC ‘reasonable force’ blog

Federation response to IOPC ‘reasonable force’ blog
Firearms lead, Steve Hartshorn, reacts to “inaccurate” publication

Last week the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) published a blog headed ‘Testing the law: reasonable or unreasonable use of force’. It concerned the judgment handed down on a judicial review last month by the High Court that the IOPC acted unlawfully in directing that a firearms officer should face misconduct proceedings for matters that began in 2015.

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 Pay Award Announcement

Pay award is a step in the right direction but our members deserve more Government has announced a 2.5% pay rise for police officers

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 Letter From Branch Secretary Vickie Day

‘Dear Colleague, Thank you to everyone that voted in the recent local federation elections. We are pleased to announce we have three new federation representatives that are available to all members if the need arises. We would like to welcome PC Annalea Kift stationed in Ebbw Vale, PS Steve Thorpe stationed in Pill and PS Joe Smith stationed in Newport Central Custody to our Branch Council.

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  Collective Pension Statement

Police Federation officials representing officers from across England and Wales – our National Board and National Council – have met over the past two days to discuss important issues affecting our members, and top of that list has been pensions. Much has been said to the Police Federation of England and Wales, and to local Federations across the country, since the Supreme Court ruled there could be no appeal by the Government on the Judges' and Firefighters' pension discrimination ruling.

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 Fed poised to strike back on pensions

The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) today announces it is prepared to bring any appropriate legal claims on behalf of its membership if its expectations are not met by the Government following the latest development over pensions.

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 Research Invitation :- The Cops and Crewing Diary Study

I’m conducting a research project as part of a PhD programme at Royal Holloway University London, which aims to help better understand the issues that officers face day-to-day. More specifically, this research aims to explore (and evidence!) how crewing levels can affect how police officers think, feel and act.

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 Pension Update - EAT hearings for the judges’ and firefighters’ legal challenge

Police Federation Update of Pension FAQ's

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 Police to receive 2% pay increase in 2018 to 2019

Police to receive 2% pay increase in 2018 to 2019, The award comes after the government removed the public sector pay cap in 2017.

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 Police Bravery Awards 2018

This annual event, sponsored by Police Mutual for 10 years and in its 23rd year, honours some of the finest officers in England and Wales who have performed incredible acts of bravery, while on or off duty. A total of 80 officers from 40 forces across England and Wales were nominated this year. The very deserving nominees this year from Gwent were PS Jon Pursey and PC Chrissie Fortt.

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 Gwent Group Insurance Scheme

Gwent Group Insurance Scheme

Annual Report for Members - 01/04/17 – 31/12/17

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 What would you do if you couldn’t do your job anymore?

The majority of those who have left the police service due to an injury on duty, based on our research, said their primary source of income is either from their police pension or a family member. That’s why we are looking for Ambassador volunteers who can spread the word about our retraining grants that can help those no longer able to do their policing role. Our Ambassadors will conduct presentations, put up posters, represent the Trust at local events and raise awareness on how those injury on duty can register with the Trust.

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 Emergency Response Drivers Bill reaches Parliament

A Ten Minute Rule Bill to be presented in Parliament on Tuesday 19 December will proposes greater protections for police and other 999 services from prosecution while responding to emergencies

Support is building for a change in law so that emergency response drivers engaged in trained driver tactics will be better protected.

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 Significant day in Parliament

A 10-Minute Rule Bill will be read in Parliament on Tuesday 19 December 2017 which could lead to legislative change to better protect emergency response drivers.

Far too many emergency response drivers have found themselves accused of driving carelessly or dangerously when they have simply been doing their job. This will be addressed by MP Sir Henry Bellingham's Bill and could lead to the introduction of an exemption for police and other emergency service workers.

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 Police Remuneration Review Body Letter

This year’s Police Remuneration remit letter which was released from the office on 7th December 2017 at 12pm

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 The Gurney Fund Winter Newsletter

The Gurney Fund Winter Magazine

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 Federation Advice

The Fedration have produced leaflets on popular subjects to aide its members in getting the right Advice

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 Force For Good - Police Mutual Community Fund

 Federation House PFEW Members Offers

Federation House Weekend Stay offers from £50 per night B& B - plus PFEW Members Book your Private Events at Federation House

Federation House is Based Just on the outskirts of London an Easy Commute into the City via train

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 Launch of the New Website And Mobile Applications

Its 2017 and Gwent Police Federation are changing in the way it delivers News and Information to you our members. The New website has a fresh look and feel, together with a new forum so that members can discuss issues concerning them and together with the launch of the website, we are launching out first Android Mobile Application.

The Android Mobile application can be found by going to the Google Play store and searching for "Gwent Police Federation"

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 Freedom of Information Act

The Police Federation of England and Wales became subject to the Freedom of Information Act on 3 April 2017. The federation have created an area on there website available for more information.

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 The Police Treatment Centres

Body armour is often blamed for back & neck pain, but there are multiple factors that can play a role. Physiotherapists at the Police Treatment Centres to help you look after your body whilst wearing body armour.

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 Half of Gwent Police’s budget will be raised through local taxation by 2021

Jeff Cuthbert, the Police and Crime Commissioner, has warned that half of his force’s budget will have to be raised through local taxation by 2021, if current UK Government spending cuts continue.

Speaking to BBC Wales, Mr Cuthbert said he understood that people did not want to pay more for the police precept, which is collected with council tax.

However, if the projected 2% cuts from the Home Office continued, then around 50% of Gwent Police’s budget will have to be paid for locally – compared to around 30% in 2008.

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  Believe in Blue - Thunderclap

This Christmas we want your help to say a huge thank you to each and every police officer to show that they have the support of the British public. Join our Thunderclap and help us spread the word about the amazing work our officers do every day and especially over the festive period when rather than swapping presents and tucking into turkey many of them will spend Christmas Day away from their friends and families potentially putting their lives on the line to keep us safe.

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 Public show support for officers carrying Taser

The public have shown their support for police officers having access to Taser, dispelling the myth that it erodes community policing or the British model of policing by consent.

A survey, commissioned by the Police Federation of England and Wales, has shown 71% of respondents consider it acceptable for police officers to carry Taser when on patrol.

Four out of five surveyed said it would make no difference to their decision, or they would be more likely, to approach an officer for assistance if they were carrying a Taser. In addition, 89% said forces should be allowed to train and equip officers if the use of Taser is automatically recorded by Body Worn Video.

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 PCC Launches Police Funding Consultation

Gwent PCC Jeff Cuthbert is required to ensure that all the people who live in Gwent have an efficient and effective police service and he has a legal requirement to set the police budget. With this in mind, Mr Cuthbert launches his Have Your Say consultation survey today.

Since the start of the UK Government's current austerity programme in 2010/11, Gwent Police has delivered 42.1m of efficiency savings to date. However, the Force will still potentially face a recurring deficit of nearly 12 million by 2021/22 as a result of the Home Offices review of the way police forces in England and Wales are funded. This is in addition to the underlying cuts forecast from the effect of the Government's austerity programme. Since 2012, officer numbers in Gwent have been reduced by 220 and staff numbers by 151 (up to 2015).

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