Police Injury Pensions Policy

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Dear Sir or Madam,

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

Green, James 8935,

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Your Ref:
Our Ref:F-2009-00282

02 February, 2009

Dear Ms. McCall,

Thank you for your request for Information, received at this office on
29 January, 2009, in which you requested details of the following:

information concerning HOC 46/2004

Your request will now be considered and you will receive a response
within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act,
subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to
a third party. In some circumstances may be unable to achieve this
deadline. If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised
time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of
the information you request. If this is the case you will be informed
and the 20 working day timescale will be suspended until we receive
payment from you. If you chose not to make a payment then your request
will remain unanswered.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest
possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

We anticipate being able to provide you with the information that you
have requested on or before 26 February, 2009.

Should you need to discuss this further please do not hesitate to
contact the unit.

Yours sincerely,

James Green
Information Compliance Officer
+44 (1482) 317096

Corporate Development Branch
Information Compliance Unit
Priory Road
Kingston Upon Hull
HU5 5SF
Fax:+44 (1482) 317090

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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

Green, James 8935,

Your Ref:
Our Ref:F-2009-00282

02 March, 2009

Dear Ms. McCall,

Thank you for your request for information dated 29 January, 2009. Please
accept my apologises for the delay in formulating your response.

This is to inform you that all information relating to your request has
been researched and is communicated below in response to:

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.
Humberside Police fall into group A - We automatically reduce to band one
at 65 compulsory retirement age.

Should any further information be requested regarding this topic, a
separate request will need to be submitted.

If I can be of any further assistance on this matter please do not
hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

James Green
Information Compliance Officer
+44 (1482) 317096

Corporate Development Branch
Information Compliance Unit
Priory Road
Kingston Upon Hull
HU5 5SF
Fax:+44 (1482) 317090

Humberside Police - Freedom of Information Complaints Review Procedure

Why Have A Complaints Process?

Humberside Police is committed to delivering an open and transparent
service whenever possible and it is our intention to commit to the
principles of openness embodied in the Freedom of Information Act. We will
release information to the greatest extent possible, consistent with the
public interest, however we may withhold information if we consider its
release would cause significant harm.

If information within a document is withheld, it will be clearly marked to
show where information has been removed and the legal exemption we have
used. If we decline to supply all or part of any information you have
asked for we will notify you in writing giving our reasons based upon
legal exemptions contained within the Freedom of Information Act.

If you are not satisfied about the way in which your Freedom of
Information request has been handled you have the right to appeal. This
information has been designed to help you to understand how to complain to
Humberside Police. Using this process will not affect your right to
complain directly to the Information Commissioner if you feel we have not
complied with our obligations under the Freedom of Information Act.

Who Can Complain?

Anyone who has made a Freedom of Information request in writing to the
Force can complain. If you have requested information and you are not
satisfied with the way we have dealt with it, you can use the complaints
process to have it looked at again. If someone who requested information
would like to complain but cannot do so themselves, you can complain on
their behalf but it will help us if you make it clear that you are doing
so.

What Can I Complain About?

If you are not satisfied with the way we have handled your request, with
the fee we have charged, or with the reasons we have given for refusing to
provide information, you have the right to appeal. You can complain about
the range, amount and format of information we have sent following a
request. You can also complain about the way a request was handled, for
example, the time it took to respond.

How Do I Complain?

To deal with your complaint as quickly as possible, it will help if you
can give us as much information as you can about the original request made
and the reason for your complaint. Please put your complaint in writing
and address it to:

FOI Appeals
Humberside Police Information Compliance Unit
Police Headquarters
Priory Road
Hull HU5 5SF

What Happens To My Complaint?

Once we have enough details to identify the request, we will begin the
review. The Head of The Information Compliance Unit will normally review
your complaint. In the more complex cases a review panel consisting of a
number of senior personnel from the Force will re-examine your complaint.
We aim to complete the review process within three months of receiving
your complaint. Upon completion we will send you the findings.

How Will I Be Notified?

Where we have not followed procedures or have failed to provide acceptable
quality of service, we will apologise and explain what we will do to
ensure this doesn't happen again. If our original decision to withhold
information is over-turned on appeal we will send you the additional
information immediately. If we believe that our original response was
correct we will let you know, and inform you of your options (see below).

What If I'm Still Not Satisfied?

If we have been unable to resolve your complaint and you are not satisfied
you can approach the office of the Information Commissioner, who may
investigate the matter on your behalf. This option is open to you at all
times, but we will endeavour to address your complaint initially, as this
may lead to a speedier resolution. It is the Information Commissioner who
decides whether to investigate or not. We will co-operate fully with the
Information Commissioner.

If you have any further questions about the complaints process, please
contact the Information Compliance Unit on 01482 578313 or alternatively
you can write to:
Head of Information Compliance Unit
Humberside Police Headquarters
Priory Road
Hull HU5 5SF
Email: [1][email address]

Requests for a review by the Information Commissioner should be made in
writing directly to:
The Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700
[2]www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

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Dear James Green,

Thank you for your response.

Can I just ask you to check your answer please? You have told me what category your force falls into presently, but I am asking to be told what category your force fell into PRIOR to 2004.

Yours sincerely,

Ms. N. McCall

Green, James 8935,

Ms McCall,

I can confirm Humberside Police fell into Category A prior to 2004.

I hope this clarifies the matter but should you require any further
assistance do not hesitate to contact this unit.

With Regards,

James Green
Information Compliance Officer
Information Compliance Section

* Humberside Police HQ, Priory Road, Hull, HU5 5SF
( Phone: 01482 317096 (ext 1396)
: E-mail: [email address]
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Peter left an annotation ()

Following the responses to this request from James Green of Humberside Police on 2nd and 3rd March 2009, I have made a further request for information about this issue. Please follow this link for details:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/po...

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 McCall

Green, James 8935,

Your Ref:
Our Ref: 2009 - 614 Internal Review

22 April 2009

Dear Mr Wray/ Ms McCall

Prior to 2004 we did not review retired officers in receipt of an IOD
pension when they reached the age of 65 years. On receipt of new
guidance from the home office a paper was put to chief officers asking
whether as a force we should review EVERY retired officer who was over
65. The decision was not to review those who had reached 65 prior to the
new guidance being published but IOD recipients who reached that age
after the new guidance would be reviewed as a matter of course and
reduced to band 1 UNLESS there was a cogent reason not to.

Therefore after review Humberside Police fell into Category B prior to
2004.

I trust this clarifies the matter in relation to your Freedom of
Information request.

With Regards,

James Green
Information Compliance Officer
Information Compliance Section

* Humberside Police HQ, Priory Road, Hull, HU5 5SF
( Phone: 01482 317096 (ext 1396)
: E-mail: [email address]
P Help save paper - do you need to print this e-mail?

Humberside Police - Freedom of Information Complaints Review
Procedure

Why Have A Complaints Process?

Humberside Police is committed to delivering an open and
transparent service whenever possible and it is our intention to
commit to the principles of openness embodied in the Freedom of
Information Act. We will release information to the greatest extent
possible, consistent with the public interest, however we may
withhold information if we consider its release would cause
significant harm.

If information within a document is withheld, it will be clearly
marked to show where information has been removed and the legal
exemption we have used. If we decline to supply all or part of any
information you have asked for we will notify you in writing giving
our reasons based upon legal exemptions contained within the
Freedom of Information Act.

If you are not satisfied about the way in which your Freedom of
Information request has been handled you have the right to appeal.
This information has been designed to help you to understand how to
complain to Humberside Police. Using this process will not affect
your right to complain directly to the Information Commissioner if
you feel we have not complied with our obligations under the
Freedom of Information Act.

Who Can Complain?

Anyone who has made a Freedom of Information request in writing to
the Force can complain. If you have requested information and you
are not satisfied with the way we have dealt with it, you can use
the complaints process to have it looked at again. If someone who
requested information would like to complain but cannot do so
themselves, you can complain on their behalf but it will help us if
you make it clear that you are doing so.

What Can I Complain About?

If you are not satisfied with the way we have handled your request,
with the fee we have charged, or with the reasons we have given for
refusing to provide information, you have the right to appeal. You
can complain about the range, amount and format of information we
have sent following a request. You can also complain about the way
a request was handled, for example, the time it took to respond.

How Do I Complain?

To deal with your complaint as quickly as possible, it will help if
you can give us as much information as you can about the original
request made and the reason for your complaint. Please put your
complaint in writing and address it to:

FOI Appeals

Humberside Police Information Compliance Unit

Police Headquarters

Priory Road

Hull HU5 5SF

What Happens To My Complaint?

Once we have enough details to identify the request, we will begin
the review. The Head of The Information Compliance Unit will
normally review your complaint. In the more complex cases a review
panel consisting of a number of senior personnel from the Force
will re-examine your complaint. We aim to complete the review
process within three months of receiving your complaint. Upon
completion we will send you the findings.

How Will I Be Notified?

Where we have not followed procedures or have failed to provide
acceptable quality of service, we will apologise and explain what
we will do to ensure this doesn't happen again. If our original
decision to withhold information is over-turned on appeal we will
send you the additional information immediately. If we believe that
our original response was correct we will let you know, and inform
you of your options (see below).

What If I'm Still Not Satisfied?

If we have been unable to resolve your complaint and you are not
satisfied you can approach the office of the Information
Commissioner, who may investigate the matter on your behalf. This
option is open to you at all times, but we will endeavour to
address your complaint initially, as this may lead to a speedier
resolution. It is the Information Commissioner who decides whether
to investigate or not. We will co-operate fully with the
Information Commissioner.

If you have any further questions about the complaints process,
please contact the Information Compliance Unit on 01482 578313 or
alternatively you can write to:

Head of Information Compliance Unit

Humberside Police Headquarters

Priory Road

Hull HU5 5SF

Email: [email address]

Requests for a review by the Information Commissioner should be
made in writing directly to:

The Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Phone: 01625 545 700

www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

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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/