Petition to grant Police widows pensions for life – please sign here
Petition · Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP: Grant Police Widows Pensions for Life – Don’t Make Them Choose Between Future Happiness and Pensions · Change.org
- Home Secretary
The Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP for Hastings and Rye
- Minister for State for Policing and the Fire Service at the Home Office
Rt. Hon. Brandon Lewis MP
Cathryn Hall was widowed at the age of 24 in 1987.
In 2001 Cathryn was faced with a very difficult decision – to keep her police widows’ pension, or move in with her partner which meant that she would no longer be eligible to receive the widows’ pension.
2006 saw Police Pension Regulations change for new entrants and serving officers eligible to transfer to the new scheme. Should the most awful thing happen, they know that their survivors’ benefits are now payable for life, irrespective of whether they remarry or form a new partnership.
But many police widows in England and Wales are forever overshadowed by 1987 Police Pension Regulations – meaning they will not be able to keep their pensions for life should they remarry or cohabit, and not have their pensions reinstated.
If you think that all police widows should keep their pensions for life, please could you sign and share this petition.