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Joint NPCC and APCC statement on proposed pension changes

25 Oct 2018

The National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners have released a joint statement on comments made at Prime Minister's Questions yesterday, regarding how long proposed pensions changes have been known about by police chiefs and Police and Crime Commissioners.

“While policing has been aware of proposed future changes to pension valuations, no guidance has been given to what that would mean in terms of costs for employers or a timeline for implementation of those changes.  Police and Crime Commissioners, who have to make decisions over precept levels shortly, have not been able to include this in their financial planning.  The first notification that has enabled forces to calculate the impact of pension changes came in September 2018.

“If the cost of these changes are passed on to policing next year it could mean the loss of up to 10,000 officers from an already badly overstretched service at a time of increasing crime and serious threats.  This would undoubtedly significantly damage the service we can provide to the public.”

Chief Constable Sara Thornton, Chair, National Police Chiefs’ Council

Mark Burns-Williamson PCC, Chair, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners