Partners of officers killed on duty in Scotland will keep pensions

Posted on October 5, 2015 | Category :Uncategorized | Comments Off

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WIDOWS and widowers of police officers and firefighters killed on duty in Scotland will now receive their deceased partners’ pension for life even if they remarry or move in with a new partner.

The Scottish Government confirmed that the changes would also apply to those husbands, wives or civil partners of police officers or firefighters killed on duty who have already had their pension withdrawn.

They were entitled to payment of their pension again from Monday 5 October.

This announcement puts an end to the previous system where some widows or widowers of officers killed on duty lost their partner’s pension if they remarried, formed a civil partnership or moved in with their new partner.

Improvements to public service pension schemes are not generally applied retrospectively. However, according to the Scottish Government, this change reflects “the Government’s gratitude to the small number of police officers and firefighters who make the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our communities”.

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: “Our police officers and firefighters do an outstanding job but that can often mean putting their lives in danger to protect our safety.

“It is simply not right that the loved ones of those who have given their lives to protect our communities are denied what is rightfully theirs and, while improvements to our public sector pensions are not usually applied retrospectively, today’s announcement reflects our thanks to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

“I am committed to ensuring the Scottish Government reinstates this entitlement to those eligible as soon as possible and I have asked the Scottish Public Pensions Agency to take the necessary action to implement this change quickly.”

Scottish Police Federation Chairman Brian Docherty said: “The Scottish Police Federation welcome today’s announcement as it rights a longstanding and historic wrong for police widows and widowers.

“We are particularly delighted that the Government has gone further and agreed to reinstate previously withdrawn pension for those who lost loved ones but were fortunate enough to love again later in their lives.”

COPS has been part of a long running campaign to get these changes made across the UK. The changes have not been made in other parts of the UK as things stand.

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