Meetings of the Police Pensions Authority ( known as the PPA)

bob watson made this Freedom of Information request to Northumbria Police

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Dear Northumbria Police,

At a very recent Employment Tribunal the Northumbria Police Head of Human Resources cited and outlined several 'decisions' made by the PPA, as in 'other forces in the country', with regard to officers pension rights.

I would ask;

1.a. Are there written minutes taken of these Authority meetings. If there are no minutes - why?
b. Who holds the written decision of these Authority meetings?
c. If there are minutes can you place the last three meeting minutes in your reply. I understand decisions made will be sensitive so I would expect them to be subject of redaction and obvious means of indentification. To assist you I am particularly looking for a list of those who attended the meetings and where they were held.
d. Are staff associations invited to send observers or participants to these Authority meetings?

2. How many meetings of the PPA has there been in 2018, so far. Can you supply the dates.

3. I understand that the Chief Constable ( the office of) has responsibility for the PPA, has he chaired any of these meetings in 2018?

4. Could I also have sight of the written constitution for this public Authority ie guidelines, rules etc.

Yours faithfully,

Bob Watson

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Northumbria Police

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Dear Mr Watson,

We apologise for the delay in coming back to you but the HR department require further understanding in relation to your request.

Unfortunately the information in the request as to the relevant part of the 'Head of Human Resources’ evidence in relation to which the request is made, is insufficiently detailed to enable that evidence to be identified, so as to properly understand what information it is that you are seeking.

Further detail of the full context and content of the evidence relating to the “several ‘decisions’ made by the PPA, as in ‘other forces in the country’ with regard to officers pension rights” is needed to understand the request.

Please note that the questions 1-4 that follow relate to the first part of the FOI in terms of the meetings that you believe are in place in which the various decisions have been made by the PPA. Until we understand the first part of the question we cannot answer 1-4.

Therefore, could you please provide clarity on the above.

Your request will remain on hold, however, if we do not hear from you within 20 days, your request will be closed without further contact.

Please also note, it is possible that we may have to extend your deadline, however, we will notify you of this should the need arise.

Regards,

Shirley Scott
Information Management Unit

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Dear Freedom of Information Mailbox,
Thanks Shirley,
I think someone in HR is being rather pedantic.
My understanding is that the PPA meets and makes decisions, some far reaching in the reduction of Injury Pensions. In this case my questions can be answered on a redacted basis with regards to the minutes of these meetings.
The other questions about attendance of CC etc are quite straight forward.

Kind regards,

bob watson

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Northumbria Police

Dear Mr Watson,

Thank you very much for your response. I will forward this to HR.

We hope to have your final response to you on time, however, this may not be possible.

Should this be the case, we will email you tomorrow to advise you of the delay and provide a new due date if necessary.

Regards,

Shirley Scott
Information Management Unit

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You asked:

At a very recent Employment Tribunal the Northumbria Police Head of Human
Resources cited and outlined several 'decisions' made by the PPA, as in
'other forces in the country', with regard to officers pension rights.

 

I would ask;

 

1.a. Are there written minutes taken of these Authority meetings. If there
are no minutes - why?

   b. Who holds the written decision of these Authority meetings?

   c. If there are minutes can you place the last three meeting minutes in
your reply. I understand decisions made will be sensitive so I would
expect them to be subject of redaction and obvious means of
indentification. To assist you I am particularly looking for a list of
those who attended the meetings and where they were held.

  d. Are staff associations invited to send observers or participants to
these Authority meetings?

 

2. How many meetings of the PPA has there been in 2018, so far. Can you
supply the dates.

 

3. I understand that the Chief Constable ( the office of) has
responsibility for the PPA, has he chaired any of these meetings in 2018?

 

4. Could I also have sight of the written constitution for this public
Authority ie guidelines, rules etc.

 

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I
provide a response for your attention.

 

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Human
Resources Department of Northumbria Police.

 

I understand that you have in fact already been provided with
substantially all of the information you seek in your clarified request in
terms of an e-mail from Joscelin Lawson of 8 July 2016.

For the avoidance of doubt there are no meetings of the nature you
describe.

 

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Dear Freedom of Information Mailbox,
Concerning the email of 2016 from Jocelin Lawson - I would be obliged for clarificfation as I do not have this email.

Yours sincerely,

bob watson

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Northumbria Police

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Dear Bob,

I have attached the email in question.

Regards,

Shirley Scott
Information Management Unit

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