Police Injury Pensions Policy

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Police Injury Pensions Policy

Freedom of Information Act request.

I am requesting certain documents that you may have detailing force policy and procedure in the management and review of police injury award pensions prior to the year 2004.

To help you in your search and to direct my enquiry as clearly as possible I am quoting below a paragraph from Home Office Circular 46/2004, Annex C:

'This Guidance is being issued to help ensure a fairer, more cohesive approach to the payment of injury benefits to ill-health retired officers who have reached the compulsory retirement age with their Force. A recent survey found that practice in this area was diverse. Some forces automatically reduced degree of disablement benefits to the lowest banding when this age had been reached - others continued to pay benefits at the same rate until the death of the Officer concerned.'

The above quote identifies two categories of forces - A) one group that automatically reduced degree of disablement benefits to the lowest banding when compulsory retirement age had been reached and a second group B) that continued to pay benefits at the same rate until the death of the Officer concerned.

I am attempting to identify and obtain a copy of documents that show which category ( A or B) your force would have been included in prior to receipt of HOC 46/2004.

It may be that your response would be sufficient if you simply tell me which group your force was in, but if there was a written policy or procedural document setting out details, then I should like a copy.

You can send copied documents in any standard digital format.

Your assistance in this matter is very much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Ms N. McCall

Gloucestershire Constabulary

Dear Ms McCall,

Enquiry Ref : 2009/1717

I acknowledge receipt of your enquiry, which we received on 30 January 2009, requesting information concerning force policy and procedure in the management and review of police injury award pensions prior to the year 2004.

As set out by the Freedom of Information Act, the deadline for a response to your request is 27 February 2009. Unfortunately due to the considerable increase in the number and complexity of the requests we are presently receiving and other unforeseen circumstances, we are unable to achieve this deadline, and will respond to you as soon as possible.

If you have any questions regarding your request please contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Liz Munro (nee Hudd)
Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate Information Management Bureau
Gloucestershire Constabulary
Tel: 01452 752374
e-mail: [email address]

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Ms. N. McCall left an annotation ()

Note: In collaboration with another researcher I shall be making the results of my FOIA requests public. We plan to put everything on a web site so that it is available for everyone who is interested in Home Office Circular 46/2004 and the police injury award pensions debate.

I will announce the publication in another annotation here.

There is a petition on the No 10 Downing Street web site that you may like to sign. It calls on the Home Office to rescind guidance issued in Circular 46/2004.

The petition is at:

http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/HOC-46-...

Nancy

Dear Liz Munro,

Enquiry Ref : 2009/1717

Thank you for advising me that you are experiencing delays in responding to FOIA requests.

However, your response is now seriously overdue and I must ask you to expedite your response or provide a valid reason for continued delay.

I understand that some FOIA requests are routed from forces to the Central Referral Unit and that this process can cause delays. Can you please confirm or deny that the CRU oversight is causing the delay? If it is then it may be something that the Information Commissioner would be interested to hear about.

My request is a simple one - you can answer it by telling me A or B - so I am puzzled that it is taking you so long to provide a response.

Yours sincerely,

Ms. N. McCall

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please may I ask you to provide a response to my FOIA request without further delay.

You should have responded no later than the 26th of February, so your response is seriously overdue and you are in breach of the Act.

I have been in touch with the office of the Information Commissioner and have been asked to report any breaches, which that office have assured me they will investigate.

Yours sincerely,

Ms. N. McCall

Workman, Catherine,

Dear Ms McCall

Thank you for your enquiry into the lack of response to your Freedom of Information request.

I am the Force Records Manager having overall responsibility for the Freedom of Information Unit.

Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay caused in this instance by personnel issues, reorganisation and simply an overwhelming number of requests. Recognising an increase of 60% in FOI requests across the whole of the police service in the last 6 months I have been able to appoint new members of staff but we still have a large backlog of requests that we are currently processing. I would rather be totally honest about this than have you consider there were any other reasons for the delay.

I can assure you that your request is now being considered and is actively being progressed. You will receive a reply as soon as the information you require is ready to be made available to you or, if an exemption applies, this will be detailed in the communication to you at the earliest opportunity.

In this instance routing the information to the CRU is not delaying your response, however, staffing levels have prevented us processing your request as expeditiously as we would have liked. I can only apologise for this.

If I can be of any further assistance to you then please contact me directly.

Yours Sincerely

Catherine Workman
Records Manager
Corporate Information Management Bureau
Gloucestershire Constabulary
County Police Headquarters
No1 Waterwells
Waterwells Drive
Quedgeley
Gloucester
GL2 2AN

01452 752074
[email address]

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Dear Catherine Workman,

Thank you very much for your prompt reply to my query regarding progress.

I appreciate you taking the trouble to explain how the delays have occurred, and I thank you for your apology.

As you have indicated that a response to my FOIA request will be forthcoming shortly there will be no need for me to contact the Information Commissioner.

Yours sincerely,

Nancy McCall

Dear Catherine Workman,

It is now over two weeks since you assured me that the response to my FOIA enquiry was being actively progressed.

My original request was sent on the 29th of January, so we are now nearly three months on and still the information has not been supplied.

I do appreciate that your department has had staffing problems, but I must now press you to provide a full response to my enquiry as I need your data to complete my research.

Can you therefore provide your response without further delay.

Yours sincerely,

Ms. N. McCall

Ms. N. McCall left an annotation ()

If you are a former officer on an injury pension and would like to make contact with an email-based self help group of others then send a message to Eddie at whatsyourforcedoing[AT]yahoo.co.uk Be sure to mention the whatdotheyknow web site.

The results of the research into a vital aspect of Home Office Circular Annex C is now available on line at http://no10petition.blogspot.com/

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Dear Ms McCall,
Gloucestershire Constabulary Freedom of Information Request our ref:
2009.1717
On 30th January 2009 you sent an e-mail constituting a request under the
Freedom of Information Act. Please accept my apologies for the delay in
responding to your request, this is due to an exceptional number of
requests being received recently. We are currently addressing this issue
and hope to engage more staff to deal with Freedom of Information Requests
imminently.

I am requesting certain documents that you may have detailing force policy
and procedure in the management and review of police injury award pensions
prior to the year 2004.
To help you in your search and to direct my enquiry as clearly as possible
I am quoting below a paragraph from Home Office Circular 46/2004, Annex C:

'This Guidance is being issued to help ensure a fairer, more
cohesive approach to the payment of injury benefits to ill-health
retired officers who have reached the compulsory retirement age
with their Force. A recent survey found that practice in this area
was diverse. Some forces automatically reduced degree of
disablement benefits to the lowest banding when this age had been
reached - others continued to pay benefits at the same rate until
the death of the Officer concerned.'

The above quote identifies two categories of forces - A) one group that
automatically reduced degree of disablement benefits to the lowest banding
when compulsory retirement age had been reached and a second group B) that
continued to pay benefits at the same rate until the death of the Officer
concerned. I am attempting to identify and obtain a copy of documents that
show which category ( A or B) your force would have been included in prior
to receipt of HOC 46/2004. It may be that your response would be
sufficient if you simply tell me which group your force was in, but if
there was a written policy or procedural document setting out details,
then I should like a copy.

I refer to your above request, and confirm that under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 s1 the Gloucestershire Constabulary holds no written
Force policy/procedure in the management and review of injury awards prior
to 2004. However, under section 16 (duty to assist), our HR department has
confirmed that in relation to the two above categories, Gloucestershire
Constabulary would fall into category B.

If you are not satisfied with this response or any actions taken in
dealing with your request, you have the right to ask that we review your
case under our internal procedure

If you decide to request that such a review is undertaken and following
this process you are still unsatisfied, you then have the right to direct
your complaint to the Information Commissioner for consideration.

Thank you for your interest in Gloucestershire Constabulary.
Chief Inspector Stephen Radcliffe
Corporate Information Management
Gloucestershire Constabulary

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