Police Injury Regs 2006

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Dear Northumbria Police,

Could you please provide the below information regarding the Injury on Duty awards to ex police offices.

How many IODs does NP have and please provide a breakdown of each that are in bands 1-4

How Many Reviews have been carried and of what band

Whether any were increased.If so by how many bands

Whether any Decreased and if so by how many bands

Whether any remained the same.

Whether any Band Ones were called forward- if the answer is NO; why not or can I make an inference that it's do the costs of saving money.

Yours faithfully,

K T soloman

Northumbria Police

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Yours sincerely

Jan Mcewan
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Dear Northumbria Police,

ank your for the response. The timeframe that I am asking for is 2016 inclusive 2017 present date] breaking these down into bands 1-4.

Given that the use of IT systems to record this information, it shouldn’t take too long to find the requested details.

I look forward to the full disclosure of information.

Yours faithfully,

K T soloman

Northumbria Police

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You asked:
Could you please provide the below information regarding the Injury on Duty
awards to ex police offices.

1. How many IODs does NP have and please provide a breakdown of each that
are in bands 1-4
2. How Many Reviews have been carried and of what band
3. Whether any were increased.If so by how many bands
4. Whether any Decreased and if so by how many bands
5. Whether any remained the same.
6. Whether any Band Ones were called forward- if the answer is NO; why not
or can I make an inference that it's do the costs of saving money.
The timeframe that I am asking for is 2016 inclusive 2017 present date
breaking these down into bands 1-4.

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 HR
Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you
have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

1. Band 1: 243
Band 2: 227
Band 3: 110
Band 4: 36

2. Band 4: 10
Band 3: 6

3. No reviews resulted in a Band increase

4. Decrease: 12
Band 4 to Band 1: 3
Band 4 to Band 2: 3
Band 3 to Band 1: 5
Band 2 to Band 1: 1

5. 4 retained the band.

6. The current reviews are in relation to those who were originally
scheduled to be reviewed in 2010. These reviews were halted as a result of
legal challenge and to await clarification of the legal situation in
relation to reviews and their conduct. They re-commenced last year (2016)
following the receipt of that clarification. There is a schedule in place
for the review process, commencing with those people who have never had a
review and those who have not had a review for a considerable period of
time. There were also a group who, following their award or at their last
review, were identified by the Selected Medical Practitioner at the time
as having the potential to change and these are either in the process of
review now or are scheduled to commence review in the next few months.

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Richard Young left an annotation ()

Northumbria police pension authority (NPPA) seems not to understand that the Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations do not place an unrestricted duty on it to conduct reviews.

NPPA are apparently selecting people for review of their degree of disablement according to a 'schedule.' No matter what the merits or otherwise of the rationale which informs this schedule, the NPPA are acting unlawfully.

The only duty placed on a police pension authority under regulation 37 is to 'consider' whether there has been any alteration in degree of disablement. That could be achieved easily, and with minimal cost to the public purse, by simply asking pensioners if their disablement had substantially altered, for better or worse.

Moreover, if NPPA is intending to ask a duly qualified medical practitioner to assess any individual, whether by personal interview and examination, or by looking at information on record, then they are further breaking the law. Regulation 32-(2) clearly requires that a PPA can only refer the question of degree of disablement to their doctor for decision if they are considering revising an injury pension. As an injury pension can only be revised when there is a substantial alteration in degree of disablement, a PPA must be first in a position to reasonably believe there has been a substantial alteration.

Any Northumbria IOD pensioner who is concerned by the illegal review policy of this force should seek professional advice and guidance. I suggest their first port of call should be to contact the Injury On Duty Pensioners Association at iodpa.org