Reviews of injury awards

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Dear Essex Police,

I am interested in information relating to injury awards pursuant to the Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006 SI 2006/932.

1. How many individuals currently receive injury awards from your force?

2. For each of the three years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/2020 please provide the number of police officers granted an injury award.

3. For each of the three years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/2020 please provide the amount paid to all those in receipt of injury awards.

4. For each of the three years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/2020 please provide the number of reviews carried out of injury awards.

5. For each of the three years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/2020 please provide the number of reviews that resulted in the level of pension:

i. remaining unchanged;
ii. increasing; and
iii. reducing.

6. For each of the three years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2020 please provide the number of individuals contacted regarding a review who did not answer the questionnaire sent to them in connection with their review.

7. Please provide a copy of the questionnaire sent to those in receipt of injury awards regarding their review.

8. Please provide the number of officers in receipt of an injury award (include those who were awarded injury benefit by another force) who currently work for your force, if any.

Yours faithfully,

D Moore

Info Rights Freedom Essex, Essex Police

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The NIAO published an informative report on injury pensions in March 2020:

https://www.niauditoffice.gov.uk/sites/n...

One backdated payment cost £429,000 in arrears alone.

Appendix 4 includes examples of the amounts payable to officers dependent on years of service and the extent of disablement.

BBC story:

'The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is facing a bill of nearly £500m for officers hurt on duty.

The Audit Office has called the scheme for payments "not fit for purpose", and said substantial changes were needed to make things affordable.'

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-i...

Legal cases:

[2020] EWHC 2477 (Admin)

https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Adm...

[2020] EWHC 345 (Admin)

https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Adm...

Dear Info Rights Freedom Essex,

Clarification:

"8. Please provide the number of officers in receipt of an injury award (include those who were awarded injury benefit by another force) who currently work for your force, if any."

The word "officers" in the request refers to former officers granted injury awards, not officers currently working for you who were previously granted injury awards. In other words, I am interested in former officers granted injury awards who currently serve in any role e.g. staff.

Yours sincerely,

D. Moore

Info Rights Freedom Essex, Essex Police

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Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
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question and c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the
exemption applies.

 

In respect of your enquiry:

 

I am interested in information relating to injury awards pursuant to the
Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006 SI 2006/932.

1.  How many individuals currently receive injury awards from your force?

2.  For each of the three years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/2020 please
provide the number of police officers granted an injury award. 

3.  For each of the three years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/2020 please
provide the amount paid to all those in receipt of injury awards. 

4.  For each of the three years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/2020 please
provide the number of reviews carried out of injury awards.

5.  For each of the three years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/2020 please
provide the number of reviews that resulted in the level of pension:

 

i. remaining unchanged;

ii. increasing; and

iii. reducing.

 

6.  For each of the three years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2020 please provide
the number of individuals contacted regarding a review who did not answer
the questionnaire sent to them in connection with their review.

7.  Please provide a copy of the questionnaire sent to those in receipt of
injury awards regarding their review. 

8.  Please provide the number of officers in receipt of an injury award
(include those who were awarded injury benefit by another force) who
currently work for your force, if any.

 

Having completed enquiries within Essex Police and in respect of Section
1(1)(a), Essex Police does hold information relating to your request.
Under Section 1(1)(b) the below has been provided in relation to your FOI.

 

1.  How many individuals currently receive injury awards from your force?

261

 

2.  For each of the three years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/2020 please
provide the number of police officers granted an injury award. 

2017/18 – 1.

2018/19 – 0.

2019/20 – 0.

 

3.  For each of the three years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/2020 please
provide the amount paid to all those in receipt of injury awards. 

These figures include the short-term (3 month) injury pension elements
paid to widow/ers of deceased former officers who were in receipt of
injury benefits at the time of death

 

• 2017/18 - £3,517,132.36

• 2018/19 - £3,583,912.70  

• 2019/20 - £3,617,349.73

 

4.  For each of the three years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/2020 please
provide the number of reviews carried out of injury awards.

2017/18 – 1.

2018/19 – 0.

2019/20 – 0.

 

5.  For each of the three years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/2020 please
provide the number of reviews that resulted in the level of pension:

 

i. remaining unchanged – 0

ii. increasing; and – 0

iii. reducing. – 1

 

6.  For each of the three years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2020 please provide
the number of individuals contacted regarding a review who did not answer
the questionnaire sent to them in connection with their review.

This data is no longer held.

 

7.  Please provide a copy of the questionnaire sent to those in receipt of
injury awards regarding their review.

Please see attached.

 

8.  Please provide the number of officers in receipt of an injury award
(include those who were awarded injury benefit by another force) who
currently work for your force, if any.

This question is ambiguous. We have therefore answered the following more
appropriate question: “the number of former officers currently in receipt
of an injury award (including those who were awarded injury benefit by
another force, where known) who currently work for your force, if any”.

– 1 (one).

 

Essex Police trusts that the information provided is of assistance. Thank
you for your interest in Essex Police.

 

Kind regards,

 

FOI Team | Information Management Department | Information Rights Section
| Essex Police

Telephone: 101 | Email: [1][Essex Police request email]

Address: Information Management Department, Information Rights Section,
Essex Police HQ, PO Box 2, Chelmsford CM2 6DA  (for Sat Nav directions,
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From: Info Rights Freedom Essex
Sent: 21 September 2020 14:14
To: D. Moore <[6][FOI #692332 email]>
Subject: RE: FOI 14828 Injury Awards

 

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unavoidable.  We apologise for any inconvenience and will endeavour to
process your request as quickly as is practicable.

 

Kind regards

 

 

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Information Management aspires to be: Helpful, Inclusive & Professional

 

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to complain.

 

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We will conduct a review to investigate your complaint and endeavour to
reply within 20 working days.

 

Please explain which aspect of the reply you are not satisfied with, and
if your complaint concerns the decision to apply an exemption it would
assist the review if you would outline why you believe the exemption does
not apply.

 

If you are still dissatisfied following our review, you have the right
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Commissioner. Before considering your complaint, the Information
Commissioner would normally expect you to have exhausted the complaints
procedures provided by Essex Police.

 

The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF or via [14]https://ico.org.uk/

 

 

 

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