Police: Pensions

Home Office written question – answered on 7th January 2019.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the pension liability for police forces in 2019-20 as a result of the quadrennial revaluation; and what proportion of that liability will be covered by the Government.

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

The estimated additional costs to police forces in 2019/20 as a result of the increase in employer pension contributions for the police officer pension scheme is £302m.

In his Budget, the Chancellor committed to providing funding for the police in 2019/20 to cover additional pensions costs above the £165m which was expected at Budget 2016. The pensions grant announced at the settlement totals £137m for police officer pensions and is therefore equivalent to 45% of the increased costs. The police settlement also provided a further £16m for forces who have staff in the civil service pension scheme. In total, the police settlement provides an additional £153m to policing in respect of their additional pension pressures in 2019/20.

The Government is enabling an overall increase in funding of up to £970m in police funding including precept and national priorities. This pensions funding, taken together with the additional grant funding and local precept, provides sufficient means for the police to meet cost increases, while continuing to recruit and invest in the capabilities they need.

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