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Remembrance Service 2020
Sadly when the 2020 memorial service was cancelled David Burgess with Laurie Davis and Paul Donnellan intended to lay our wreath at a restricted service with Chief Officer in the dining hall at Netley under the copy of the memorial exhibited in Portsmouth guildhall and The Southampton City Police memorial.
On behalf of the Branch David laid a wreath at Kingston Cemetery where a number of colleges have been remembered with honour.
2020 Branch Charity
The committee had a choice put forward by the Branch members for the 2020 charity. At the February AGM the Branch charity will be divided equally between Hanna's Holiday Homes which is a local charity and a local Dementia charity.
Due to the restrictions caused by the pandemic no Branch meetings have taken place.
Money normally accrued by an active raffle draw and other individual fund raising efforts have ceased at the moment.
The Branch are starting in October a draw. The cost is £14 for a chance to win. Your allocated number will be entered in 7 draws ending in October 2021 when the charity donation presentation will take place at the annual Christmas meeting.
Its not too late to join and make a difference.
Who is eligible for a blue light card?
You are eligible only if you are an Armed Forces Veteran or a retired Police Officer or Fire Fighter. We will require ID to prove this in order to send the card to your home address. Please log in and see the PHYSICAL Blue Light Card FAQs section (only available when you are logged in) for more information on ID.
THE HAMPSHIRE POLICE & FIRE HERITAGE TRUST
Now that the Hampshire Police and Fire Collection is open to the public, we need to recruit people who are willing to spend a few hours a month helping us out. This can be simply by being a presence at the museum when it is open and chatting to visitors about the collection. We need people with either a Police or a Fire background. Detailed knowledge of the history and background of items is not essential as we will provide information sheets. We also need people who would be happy to conduct research into objects or service history. The museum is within the Solent Sky Museum, Albert Road South, Southampton, SO14 3FR. Free parking is available.
Volunteers play a vital role in museums and help us to keep them open for the enjoyment of the public. All volunteers are covered by the Solent Sky Museum insurance. The information you provide will be stored in confidence under the provisions of the Data Protection Act. Your completed form will be held securely and confidentially. Only authorized staff will have access to your information.
PENSION OMBUDSMAN DETERMINATION ON TAX LIABILITIES ON RE-EMPLOYMENT
The Pension Ombudsman in a South Wales case has determined that the Police and Crime Commissioner had a duty of care, as an employer, to have informed the Applicant of the tax implications of re - employment on his retirement benefits. Its failure to do so has led to the Applicant incurring tax charges on his retirement benefits.
As a responsible employer the Commissioner had a duty of care to inform the Applicant of the tax implications of re-employment on his retirement benefits. I find that as a consequence of their failure to do so that they should reasonably meet the tax PO-7096 liabilities incurred by the applicant in this regard. So, I agree with the stance taken by the Commissioner that it proposes to pay the tax liability for the applicant in relation to this issue on confirmation of the amount from HMRC.
Widows Pension For Life Campaign update
Our Widows Pension for Life Campaign reached a critical point at the end of August when lawyers acting on behalf of four widows and a widower lodged their claim against the Government in the High Court in Manchester.
On 8th September NARPO welcomed the Home Secretary's decision to enshrine the Police Covenant in law. The Covenant will rightly enhance support and protection for serving officers but also extends to retired officers and the entire police family.
We sincerely hope that this will make a real difference to serving and retired officers and their families and we look forward to working with the Government to ensure it offers real and tangible support to those it covers.
What does COVID-19 mean for the triple lock and State Pension inflation?
The Government may be considering changing the triple lock State Pension inflation mechanism to a double lock as a way of helping reduce government expenditure in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Pensions Policy Institute have produced a briefing note exploring what this might look like.
Understanding the true cost of your insurance
When looking at your car or home insurance, you sometimes have to look beyond the headline policy cost, as some insurers may charge you extra for a range of services, including setting up your policy, requesting duplicate policy documents and making policy changes.
Police Mutual take a look at how their approach differs with NARPO Car & Home Insurance, provided by Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc and let you know about their latest offers.
NARPO Annual Report 2019/20
Our Annual Report is now available to view online.
Steve Woodward - "Stand By Ya Beds"
My new book "Stand By Ya Beds" (Life as a 1970s Police Cadet) is now available to purchase. It explores the history of the Cadet scheme both nationally and within Hampshire, followed by a history of The Priory buildings that we came to know as the Cadet Training School at Bishops Waltham. This is then followed by the exploits of my Cadet intake in 1975. The book has dozens of photos and many names that you might recognise. The Foreword was written by Hampshire's highest ranking ex-Cadet, the late DCC Ian Readhead, just three weeks before he passed away. Click on the link and it will take you to the publisher to purchase it direct.