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Police: Pensions

Home Office written question – answered on 18th October 2018.

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Photo of Guto Bebb Guto Bebb Conservative, Aberconwy

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will assess the potential merits of increasing the police pension entitlement for widows from post-retirement marriages.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department

The current police pension scheme provides survivor benefits regardless of the timing of a member’s marriage. In keeping with other public service pension schemes, this was not the case before 1978, when different rules applied.

Successive governments have made a general presumption against making retrospective changes to public service pension schemes. Therefore there is no entitlement relating to service before 1978 and there are no plans to change this.

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