2012 is gearing up to be an exciting year for all credit unions and Police Credit Union will be at the forefront, taking up some of the many opportunities and new challenges. The International Year of Co-operatives was launched in New York last October at the United Nations. This is a great opportunity for credit unions to demonstrate both their differences from mainstream financial services providers and their affinity with other co-operatives both in Britain and across the world.
This morning (30th January) the Home Secretary announced that she will accept in full the decision of the Police Arbitration Tribunal in respect of the recommendations in the Winsor Review’s first report. The document opposite (and link below) attempts to explain the changes proposed in the first report from the Winsor Review and how far they have been modified by the recent decision of the Police Arbitration Tribunal.
Responding to the decision by the Home Secretary to implement the Police Arbitration Tribunal decision in full, together with those Winsor recommendations already agreed by Staff Side and Official Side of PNB, Paul McKeever, Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, says:
This morning the Home Secretary announced that she would implement the first year of increases to police pension contribution rates (i.e. 2012-13), in line with the proposal put to PNB in July 2011.
Today it has been announced that there were 135,838 police officers in September 2011 - 6,012 fewer than the 141,850 there had been a year earlier. The Police Federation of England and Wales have issued the following statement to the media:
Representatives of the Home Office gave an update on the Police Arbitration Tribunal (PAT) ruling at a meeting of the Police Negotiating Board (PNB) yesterday. The Federation has been calling on the Home Secretary to ratify the ruling since it was announced last Monday (9 January).
I can inform you that at today's meeting of the Police Negotiating Board, representatives of the Home Office confirmed the following:
Please find below and opposite a letter from Ian Rennie to Paul Wylie, Secretary to the Winsor Review, in response to a letter dated 13 December. Paul Wylie’s letter is attached at the end of Ian’s letter.
As you will be aware, the PAT hearing into the Winsor Part One recommendations concluded on 22 November. Typically a decision would be delivered within three to four weeks, which would have meant that the decision of the PAT would have been published just before Christmas. The PAT Secretary has been in contact with the Staff Side and has informed us that a decision will not be made prior to the New Year. We hope to have a decision in early January and we will keep you informed of developments.
The HMIC has today published its Rules of Engagement report relating to the August riots. Below is the link to the press release and report