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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Maria (Chair) on 07583 010580 or Nicky (Secretary) on 07971 572741
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gwent Group Insurance Scheme
Annual Report for Members - 01/04/17 – 31/12/17
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.
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.
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.
The Gurney Fund Winter Magazine
The Fedration have produced leaflets on popular subjects to aide its members in getting the right Advice
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
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"
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.
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.
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.
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).