In this special newsletter, we give you anoverview of the PAT ruling and some of the reaction to it.
Initial findings and background briefing on PAT. More in depth analysis will follow from National Fed.
Police Federation leaders are holding an urgent meeting with West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones tomorrow as fears grow over the Government’s cuts and reform programme.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones has called for a Fair Deal for Policing in place of the current "grossly unfair" system.
Ian Edwards, Chairman of the West Midlands Police Federation, issued the following statement:-
Responding to the announcement of further cuts due in the Autumn Statement, Paul McKeever, Chairman, Police Federation of England and Wales says;
Our Federation friends, in South Yorkshire decided to get independent legal advice, on top of what the National Federation had gained, the purpose to see if the initial advice was still current and correct. To do this South Yorkshire Police Federation identified an officer who was directly affected by the changes and engaged the service of Wilford Smith Solicitors, totally independent of any Federation member service contracts. Dermot Hughes, a Barrister and David Lock QC, (David Lock is one of the best in his field with regards to pensions) looked into the case. Relevant questions were highlighted, that many of you have asked around this subject.
MPs scrutinised the government’s proposals over police pensions following a groundswell of anger from police officers about the impact of the cuts.
There are no specific ‘industrial rights’ for any worker set out in law, according to Steve Williams, chair elect of the Police Federation in a film released today leading up to the ballot.
Please find attached copy of the letter sent to all West Midlands MPs, re: commons pension debate for your information, sent on behalf of West Midlands Police Federation members. I have confirmed with Warwickshire, West Mercia and Staffordshire Federations that they have sent similar letters to their local MP's, where some of our own members live.