News and Comment 2020
22nd April 2020.
IODPA report another important success for Solicitor Ron Thompson and David Lock QC.
This important case involves Regulation 12 of the Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006. Please see the press release below:
16th March 2020.
Most IODs will be only too aware of the terrible position that some Staffordshire IOD pensioners are presently in owing to the polices of Chief Constable Gareth Morgan. Colleagues are reminded that IODs in Avon and Somerset were also subjected to an aggressive assault on their pensions when Mr Morgan was DCC - we note that a complete change in that forces polices coincided with Mr Morgan's departure from that force!
This morning we have this report from the Times:
"A chief constable broke down and wept as he described the weight of responsibility of running a force struggling to keep the public safe amid severe budget cuts. Gareth Morgan, the head of Staffordshire police, said that he had found it hard to decide how to best serve the public with diminishing resources"
The Times - 16th March 2020
Injury Pensions are provided under Regulations and are essential to a profession whose members face constant danger. The policies of this person have resulted in much great anxiety, trauma and more than a few tears for injured ex police officers.
Perhaps things would be different for our Staffordshire friends under a different Chief Constable?
8th February 2020.
The protracted South Yorkshire case of ex Sgt Lloyd Kelly has resulted in success for the ex officer at Appeal. The ex officer only became aware of his entitlement to an IOD pension some eleven years after he retired. He applied and was granted an IOD pension, however the Chief Constable refused to backdate the IOD pension to the date of retirement contrary to the Regulations. More on this from Landmark Chambers. The Chief Constable appealed the decision last year and the result is a success for the ex officer who will have his IOD pension backdated to the date of his ill health retirement. The only point which did not result in success was that of the payment of interest. This is an important decision for so many of our colleagues and once again we must express our gratitude to David Lock QC.
Lloyd Kelly case establishes injured police pensioner’s right to a police injury pension from the date of retirement.
1st January 2020.
The start of 2020 looks remarkably like 2019 with the situation in Staffordshire still dominant. An application for judicial review was denied but last month an appeal was successful and there are two important issues that will go to JR probably in the Spring. The way IOD's have been treated over the last 15 years is not just a matter of National interest, it is a national disgrace.
People who are not aware of the treatment of IOD's by their forces often find it difficult to believe. Pipin website was the catalyst for opposition to the unlawful policies triggered by HOC46/2004 and our News and Brief History pages record the details and the timeline of the events that brought about the demise of that dreadful 'guidance'. The evidence is there for anyone who doubts – the Court judgements and the determinations of the Pensions Ombudsman are there for all to see. Pipin has now been eclipsed by IODPA (our own fast growing charitable IOD organisation) which is able to encompass the increasing complexity of the issues facing us backed by our expert legal advisers. Pipin will continue for the time being as a record of this 'David and Goliath' struggle by IOD's for justice.
Pipin has argued for a major review, along the lines of the Scoffield Report in Northern Ireland, into all aspects of Police injury on duty retirement but it seems that most police forces are content to continue in the same rut, relying on the same flawed old policies, perhaps warmed up here and there. It really does reflect badly on our forces and we deserve better. Surely there are some people in positions of authority who have the sense and foresight to see that the IOD situation can and should be put right and a resolution is long overdue. It will happen, eventually, but IOD's should not hold their breath. It may be some time before good sense prevails and the kind of reasoning that we have been subjected to is consigned to the past. In the meantime we have to continue, where necessary, to test the policies and decisions of our forces and, in so doing, clarify the law and Regulations piece by piece and decision by decision.
We wish all IOD's a happy and successful 2020.