Prison Officers: Retirement

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 9th September 2021.

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Photo of Dan Carden Dan Carden Labour, Liverpool, Walton

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential effect of raising the retirement age of prison officers to 68 on the (a) recruitment, (b) retention, (c) safety and (d) morale of prison officers.

Photo of Dan Carden Dan Carden Labour, Liverpool, Walton

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of the current retirement age of 68 for prison officers on prison officer pensions.

Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

We highly value our hardworking prison staff and offer access to medical professionals and an employee assistance programme to ensure continued physical and mental wellbeing. There are currently no plans for Cabinet Office to review the retirement age of prison officers within the Civil Service Pension Scheme.

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