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POLICE WIDOWS' PENSIONS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 242: tabled on 05 September 2017

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 25 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House recognises the service of any person who makes the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of their country, and leaves behind family members and loved ones; is deeply concerned that the Police Pension Regulations 1987 do not allow police widows or widowers the opportunity to marry or cohabit, without losing their right to a police widows’ or widowers’ pension for life; agrees with the Police Federation of England and Wales that it is morally deplorable to make widows and widowers, and by extension their dependents, effectively choose between future financial security and the possibility of future personal happiness; welcomes the fact that the Police Pension Regulations 2006 allow new entrants or serving officers to transfer to a new scheme which permits their survivors to access benefits which are payable for life regardless of whether they remarry; regrets that nevertheless many police widows and widowers still remain disadvantaged by the Police Pensions Regulations 1987; and calls on the Government to review the situation, in order to ensure parity and fairness with police widows and widowers in all parts of the UK, as a matter of urgency.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.