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Full details of obituaries will appear below.  Acknowledgements and IN MEMORIAM notices will be found under the WELFARE menu
The placing of an obituary notice on this page will only be undertaken on receipt of instructions from the Branch Secretary, or from the Branch Secretaries from any of the other Branches of NARPO within the South Wales Police area.

It is with regret that the Officers and Committee members of the NARPO Cardiff Branch notify our members of the passing of the following, Acknowledging that some may not have been members of the branch, but they were former colleagues, and friends of our members and were a part of the larger Police family in their lifetime.

BLACKER: Norman  it is with deep regret that on behalf of the Glamorgan Branch we advise our members of the passing on 18th May 2024 of retired Det. Constable 576 Norman Blacker (aged 79 years).

 

Norman did his police service in and around the Aberdare areas, serving the communities of Cwmdare, Mountain Ash before being appointed onto the CID in Aberdare, from where he retired.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS:

2:15 pm Friday 14th June 2024 at the Llwydcoed Crematorium, Llwydcoed, ABERDARE CF44 0DJ

HOLDER

EDWARDS:David Harry John, it is with deep regret that on behalf of the Glamorgan Branch we advise our members of the passing on 23rd May 2024 of retired Constable David Harry John Edwards. 

The first 12 years of his Police career were spent in the Metropolitan Police before transferring to Glamorgan Constabulary, he was initially posted to Bridgend Town, and later transferred to the Force Operations Room at Police HQ where he remained for the rest of his service prior to retiring.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS:

11:00 am Thursday 13th June 2024 at Coychurch Crematorium, Simonston Road, Coychurch, 
Bridgend, CF35 6AB


 

FRANCIS: Derek  It is with deep regret that on behalf of the Glamorgan Branch, we advise our members of the passing on Friday 10th May of retired Constable Derek Francis. 
Derek initially served in the Neath and Port Talbot areas before joining the Dog Handling Section, where he served the rest of his service.

 

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS:

1:15 pm Tuesday 16th July 2024 at the Coychurch Crematorium, Simonston Rd, Coychurch, Bridgend CF35 6AB

KIRTON: Stewart (Stew) It is with deep regret that we advise our members of the passing yesterday morning (10/06/2024) of retired D/Sgt Stewart (Stew) Kirton.

Stew served in various locations and departments during his service including CID, SCS, No 8 RCIO, and the RCS.  Stew past away on the same day as his daughter did 12 months prior, and lost his wife in the same year.  Our deepest condolences go out to his family at this tragic time.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS TO FOLLOW

MATTHEWS: Colin (MATHO) It is with deep regret that on behalf of the Swansea branch we advise our members of the passing on 30th May 2024 of Ret. Det. Constable 1421 Colin (MATHO) Matthews (aged 70 years)

Colin joined the South Wales Constabulary in 1972, and initially worked in uniform in Gorseinon. He soon progressed to work in CID, and served in Gorseinon, Lliw Valley, Cockett CID and also in the RCS. On his retirement he worked in Dyfed Powys Police in the Freedom of Information Department for 14 years.

Matho had many links within the Police with his brother Brian serving as a traffic officer and his daughter Natalie serving as a Temporary Sergeant in the South Wales Police at present. His son Gareth also works as a member of staff for Dyfed Powys Police.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS:

 

11:30 am Wednesday 26th June 2024  at Swansea Crematorium, Heol Pentre Felin, Llangyfelach, Swansea

SA6 6BY.  There will be refreshments afterward at Pontardulais Rugby Club, to which all are welcome.

SHEPPARD: Doreen It is with deep sadness that we inform our members of the passing of Mrs Doreen Sheppard, wife of retired Constable Colin Sheppard.  They have both been residing in Spain for over 40 years.  

 

Doreen was formally Det. Constable Doreen Rowley was a former Cardiff City Police. She served in the C.I.D., the RCS and Crown Court Liaison.  Colin also retired form the Crown Court Liaison department.

GATED WEBSITE CONTENT


NARPO HQ at Wakefield have from the 1st March 2022 introduced a an exclusive members - only gated content area on their website www.narpo.org 

This is designed to ensure that their advice on pensions, offers and other alerts remain exclusive to NARPO members.  Selected areas's of the Wakefield website will now require a LOGIN to access the gated area.

The current password will be found in ISSUE 109 of The NARPO NEWS Magazine or by LOGIN to the members only area of our website visiting the top of the COMMITTEES CONTACT Page 

03/2022

MEMBERSHIP GDPR REMINDER

You may recall that back in September 2023 we advised our members that the branch was undertaking a detailed review of the branch records of all members, in order to ensure that the branch was fully compliant with the General Data Protection Rules.

This essential work is still 'Ongoing' with many hundreds of branch records to be checked and validated.  You can help ease the pressure on those undertaking the work by completing the GDPR form that was circulated in September and submitting it as outlined below.

If you have already done so please accept the committee's grateful thanks.


12/2023

The form is a MS Word .DOCX file and will download to your computer download folder.please complete the form on your computer, save it, and then forward it to the following email address:

cardiff2@narpo.org

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FORM


If you experience difficulties downloading the MS Word file via the above link.  Please click on the below to receive a .pdf document.  Please print the document off, complete it using a pen, scan the document to your computer, and forward the scanned copy to the email address above:

CLICK HERE FOR .PDF file format



 

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DIARY DATES

The branch committee and in particular the Social Secretaries Frank & Mel Stockham, are already busily reserving dates and commencing arrangements for events in 2024 and 2025.  The following dates should be entered in your diaries / wall calendars as being NARPO events with further details to follow nearer the time.

Friday 8th November 2024 AUTUMN QUIZ NIGHT Fairwater Conservative Club. Ely Road, Cardiff

Wednesday 4th December 2024 CHRISTMAS LUNCH  Whitchurch Golf Club, Cardiff

 

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The following has been received from Wakefield and is reproduced here for the information of our members and readers:

 

As you may already be aware, June is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) awareness month and Police Care UK is highlighting that 1 in 5 police officers may live with a form of PTSD as a result of their policing role, so I’m writing to remind you that we’re here if someone you know may need us.

 

As well as vital research into Police PTSD and CPTSD, Police Care UK is the only national UK wide police charity delivering specialist trauma therapies and support to serving and former police officers, staff, volunteers, including their immediate families, who have been harmed as a result of their policing role.

 

Last year, 76% of those who came to us had a mental health concern, and of these, 52% had PTSD, CPTSD, or undiagnosed trauma.

 

For more information or practical help, visit; https://www.policecare.org.uk/ptsd/

 

Please do share this email with your colleagues or contacts, and If you’ve not already done so, I would invite you to consider registering for our newsletter, here; https://www.policecare.org.uk/

 

As you may already be aware, June is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) awareness month and Police Care UK is highlighting that 1 in 5 police officers may live with a form of PTSD as a result of their policing role, so I’m writing to remind you that we’re here if someone you know may need us.

 

As well as vital research into Police PTSD and CPTSD, Police Care UK is the only national UK wide police charity delivering specialist trauma therapies and support to serving and former police officers, staff, volunteers, including their immediate families, who have been harmed as a result of their policing role.

 

Last year, 76% of those who came to us had a mental health concern, and of these, 52% had PTSD, CPTSD, or undiagnosed trauma.

 

For more information or practical help, visit; https://www.policecare.org.uk/ptsd/

 

Please do share this email with your colleagues or contacts, and If you’ve not already done so, I would invite you to consider registering for our newsletter, here; https://www.policecare.org.uk/

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DIARY DATE - WITH A DIFFERENCE !!!!!

Normally diary dates placed on the website are all NARPO related events.

This one is different:  Friday 18th October 2024 is the date set for the 40th Cardiff City Police Annual Reunion Diner.

The menu and application form is now available to download on the
CARDIFF CITY POLICE REUNION page of this website.

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SWP FAMILY FUN DAY 2024

Want somewhere different to take the grandchildren, things have changed a lot since the Waterton Cross days.  it might give you  a chance to see what the 'JOB' does these days


It’s almost time… the South Wales Police Family Fun Day 2024 will take place on Saturday, June 29, at HQ in Bridgend!

This event is a great opportunity for you to find out what we do as a service, from taking fingerprints to firearm demonstrations.

 

What’s the Family Fun Day all about?
 

As with last year’s event, there will once again be attractions, activities and demonstrations to delight all ages:

  • Meet our wellbeing dogs and watch police dog demonstrations

  • The chance to see our latest operational equipment including our cars and bikes

  • Check out our latest operational equipment, including our cars and bikes

  • Dress up for kids uniform and meet our mascot Billy Blue

  • Watch live demonstrations by our Joint Firearms Unit

  • Technology demonstrations including Facial Recognition

  • Stalls hosted by our networks, partner agencies and various departments and a whole host more!

Interested in a career with the police? Our recruitment team will be on hand to discuss our latest opportunities.

 

How much does entry cost?
 

This is a FREE event, giving you the chance to meet our officers and staff and learn about what we do. You don’t need to bring any form of ID.

 

A message from the Chief Constable
 

Chief Constable Jeremy Vaughan said:

“Our Family Fun Day always goes down well with attendees and I’m looking forward to meeting some of you at this years event. If you and your family want to spend some time with us, see some of the work we carry out, and meet those that help keep your community safe, please come along. I can’t promise the sunshine, but I can assure you it will be a fantastic day.”

 

Getting Here

Address: South Wales Police HQ, Cowbridge Road, Coychurch Lower CF31 3SU

By Car: Use M4 Junctions 35-37, following the signs for Bridgend.

By Train: We are approximately a 20-minute walk from Bridgend train station.

 

South Wales Police Family Fun Day 2024 - Come and join us! | South Wales Police (cds.co.uk)

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20, 30, 40 YOU HELP DECISION MAKERS

It appears that Cardiff City Council need their resident's assistance in deciding which roads should have the speed limits changed again.  This follows on from the Senydd's 'U' turn on the legislation they introduced involving the so-called blanket 20 MPH.

To ascertain how the residents feel about some of the roads and their various speed limits the council wants your opinions.  To give them your comments please click on the link below, or copy it to your web browser and take part in the survey.  Remember, if you don't participate things will stay as they are:


https://www.cardiffcouncilforms.co.uk/article/1573/Request-a-speed-limit-change?pageSessionId=46116c7b-b59d-4a98-adcc-db7e22d368f2&fsn=ca84fdc5-ac81-4847-a838-3bab6092ac04&fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTEAAR27NkJ_IjxPGZOcUJDfg3LDJS0rCsETUd_PFQlGN9Tadi5EyhdFbUqVM6w_aem_Aajc1X2vl4-VtisnKNzPRqSAVggpFboZeuuSzLFmYyTKQgtmatwARSM_g3YbBFiQPiuCyvrIfyeUNC5f-A_rBoGw

LOO's DAY OF ACTION

Members may recall our news item regarding the petition requiring the Senydd to provide more accessible public toilets if you haven't signed it then please scroll down to the item and click on the link.

Age Cymru, have advised us that the Wales Senior's Forum will be undertaking a Day of Action in support of this campaign please see the email content belo


Dear all,

 

Please find attached a flyer for the Wales Seniors Forum P is for People campaign Day of Action to be held on 11 June.

 

Please can you share this with all your contacts. I have attached a pdf and jpegs, so most people should be able to open the files and share them on social media.

 

If you intend to attend the event, please let me know so that I can advise the Senedd Estates team of numbers on the day.

 

Thank you,

 

Kathy

 

Kathy Lye​​​​

Engagement Development Officer

Age Cymru

029 2043 1570

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NTLWORLD / VIRGINMEDIA PROBLEMS

ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS USING NTLWORLD.COM or VIRGINMEDIA.COM EMAIL ACCOUNTS

We are being advised via our service providers that e-bulletins, and e-mails sent to our members from the website are being 'BOUNCED' by the members service providers. i.e. ntlworld.com and virginmedia.com
the below text is the message being received back from our service provider:


The outbound connection was established to the server for the recipient domain ntlworld.com by mxin5.virginmedia.com. [84.116.6.18], but was unable to complete the message transaction, either because of time-out, or inadequate connection quality.

All members with such accounts are requested to contact their service provider and seek a resolution from them.  We as a branch are already aware from previous issues involving these companies and others that their technical departments will not discuss anything with as due to GDPR. and therefore cannot seek any resolution on your behalf.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU:

Bouncing of an email means that you no longer receive an e-bulletins from narpocardiff.com, as a result you will not be made aware of various things such as events, pension issues, and other newsworthy items.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

Contact your service provider and request they stop blocking our e-bulletins etc. as explained above we cannot do this for you.

ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION:


Create a separate email mail account with a different service provider eg gmail, yahoo, hotmail etc provide that email account to the web administrator who will then arrange delivery of all narpocardiff.com ebulletins etc to the new email address provided by you the member

Should you wish any further guidance please contact the web administrator via the email template on the CONTACT US page of the website www.narpocardoff.com

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TORQUAY BREAKS

If you feel like a breakaway, we have received the below from Wakefield, the contents are self-explanatory so why not check it out!!!

 

Good afternoon,

We own The Chesterfield Guest House located on Belgrave Road in Torquay and have recently taken bookings from those attending the annual police conference at the English Riviera International Centre in September.

 

We've always found that weekends are particularly enjoyable when we have a group of guests sharing common interests or attending the same event. In support of this upcoming conference, we're delighted to offer a special discount code, NARPO15, which provides a 15% discount on any bookings made for September 2024 through the www.thechesterfield.net  website.

Please feel free to share this code with any attendees in need of accommodation. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

All the best,

Amanda and Dan

 

 

The Chesterfield | 62 Belgrave Road | Torquay | Devon | TQ2 5HY | 01803 292 318

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THANK YOU !!!

Following on from the 'Spring Lunch' the following has been received from Mr. Paul Oliver:

Paul wishes to thank everyone who sponsored him at the 'Spring Lunch' whether it was via the sponsorship form, or an 'online' donation they made.  Yesterday's donations raised  £400, which increased his fund to £900 so far.

Should anyone wish to contribute please go to the 'WE CAN HELP' page of our website where you can read more about 'OLLIES CHALLENGE' and you will find a link to the donation page.

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COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES

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 CWGC graves located at
Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff 
(Photo courtesy of Paul Bryant)

The following has been received from Wakefield on behalf of retired ACC Joe Frost and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.  If you wish to volunteer please make direct contact via the email given below:.

'Hi Sandra 

You kindly copied me to SWales NARPO seeking volunteers and there was a great response. There is a need for volunteers in West Wales could you copy message to our colleagues over there.

The co-ordinator is  
katherine.pettersen@cwgc.org and volunteering involves visiting war graves 2 or 3 times annually, reporting on condition and cleaning, with water only, where necessary. As an illustration I look after 29 war graves in 11 locations in South Herefordshire.

Very many thanks Joe'

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SIGN IT ..... OR   LOO'S IT!!!

Forgive the above pun !!! the following has been received from AGE CYMRU and relates to a petition to retain Public Toilets in Wales.  
Dear all,

 

Can I ask that everyone continues to share the link to the online petition and make an effort to collect as many hard copy signatures as possible.

 

This morning, the number of signatures collected was 1,239 - we have 6 weeks to collect another 9,000 signatures. Despite the fantastic coverage across the BBC, the total only went up by 40 over the weekend.

 

Over 100 of the total so far were collected on paper by one branch of Active Wales. I have collected 90 in the past two weeks, simply by having a few sheets with me at all times.

 

Please can you make every effort to get the information out to any local or national group you can think of, and make sure that you get every family member and friend to sign.

 

Provide funding and support for the adequate provision of accessible and clean public toilets. - Petitions (senedd.wales)

 

Kind regards,

 

Kathy

 

Kathy Lye​​​​

Engagement Development Officer

Age Cymru

029 2043 1570

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NARPO HORIZONS

The latest edition of NARPO Horizons is available to view on the www.narpo.org website  or by:

CLICKING HERE 

please remember you MUST log in with the password to be able to access the content of the NARPO Horizons

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BRANCH CENTENARIAN

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On behalf of the officer's, committee and members we are delighted to wish our member Stan Morgan a happy 103rd birthday 

Some details of Stan's remarkable life and Police service were recently the subject of an article in the South Wales Echo. 

To read more please click on the  Image.  Which will take you to the article.

Many thanks to Wyndham Hopkins for bringing this to our attention.

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POLICE COVENANT CAMPAIGN

We have received the below from Wakefield about the Police Covenant Campaign,  please check out the links embedded within the circulation and consider writing to your MP to gain more support for the campaign.

Circulated to All Branch Secs and NEC members

 

Colleagues,

 

For your information, please see copies below of links placed on the NARPO website today in relation to work around our Police Covenant Campaign.

 

Can all members please be made aware of the links and encouraged to view and make use of the attached letter to raise awareness of our campaign with their respective MP’s.

 

Thanks in advance for your support.

 

Steve Wilcock sent on behalf of Alan Lees, CEO

 

 

NARPO member to MP POLICE COVENANT

https://members.parliament.uk/members/commons

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WELFARE UPDATE - FLINT HOUSE

The following update has been received from Mr. Steve Bartley and is published here for the benefit of all our readers:
 

Morning both,

As part of my NARPO welfare Officer duties, I have made some enquiries with Flint House regarding their rehabilitation facilities.

The lady I spoke to was most helpful and told me more about their donation scheme for retired police officers.

I have heard about it but have never got around to finding out the details.

Anyway, if you sign up to make a donation of £5 per month. This entitles you to apply for treatment following a clinical assessment. Details of how to apply for treatment is under the 'Get help now' section of the website.

Once you have signed up, you are entitled to apply.

It maybe that many of our colleagues are already aware of this.

Please feel free to share this information with our members.

The website link is below.

Cheers 

Steve 
 

Regularly Donate - Flint House Police Rehabilitation

Members can also read about other members experinces of attending Flint House by visiting the FLINT HOUSE page located under the Health & Welfare menu

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POCA -PETITION

The following has been received from 'POLICE CARE UK' and is placed here for the benefit of our members and readers.  The decision to sign is yours, but it is an excellent idea and well worth supporting.

 

A petition has been launched proposing a policy that allocates a portion of funds seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) to organisations that support the welfare, recovery, and wellbeing of serving and retired police officers and staff who are injured, living with disability or mental health issues and needs ongoing support.

 

We want as many people as possible to sign this petition, and any help you can provide in raising awareness of it would be greatly appreciated.

 

Sign here:

 

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/657531?fbclid=IwAR0gBhWAA4FARwD_CtV7IHcS7RQ-vjzrtOWqFpRl694e5jDt4uVSfu1gwuQ

 

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POLICE MUTUAL UPDATE 

The following information has been received from NARPO Wakefield and is published here for the benefit of our members and site followers

 

Important Police Mutual Update

 

 

As a valued Police Mutual supporter, I am are delighted to share that we have today completed on the sale of Police Mutual’s general insurance and healthcare business to Bspoke Insurance Group Limited (Bspoke Group).

The move helps protect the long-term future of Police Mutual, so that it can invest and grow to better serve the ever-changing needs of the Police community.

 

Bspoke Group is based in Leeds and brings together a collection of specialist insurance businesses offering a wide range of products and services both direct to customers and to other companies. Bspoke Group has a deep understanding of the Police Mutual business, its ethos and the importance of protecting them to allow the brand to flourish in the future.

 

Why is this sale good news?

 

  • Today’s announcement enables us to grow and invest in our customers and the financial wellbeing of Police colleagues for the long-term

  • Bspoke Group is committed to the Police Mutual brand, and wants to continue to support the values of Police Mutual through financial education, the Police Mutual Foundation, which includes respite breaks and careline and the ongoing sponsorship of UK events

 

  • The additional investment and support provided by Bspoke Group will allow us to develop our products and services so that we can continue to meet your needs

 

All Police Mutual customers will today be receiving an email update containing this news, further information is also available on our website www.policemutual.co.uk.

 

If you have any questions about this announcement, please contact me directly.

 

We hope you agree that this is an exciting new chapter for Police Mutual and we look forward to sharing more updates with you in the coming months.

 

 

 

Kerry McMahon-White – Managing Director

Police Mutual

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PAUL HOOPER MEMORIAL FONT

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We are most grateful to Mr. Ian Tumelty for providing the branch with an image of the memorial font in the name of Cardiff City Police officer Paul Hooper.

The font is located in St. Albans Church, Swinton Street, Splott. Cardiff CF24 2NX
It is by the Alter and used by many before receiving Holy Communion, and is also used by the choir coming from the sacristry. 

Since the image appeared on our Facebook group some retired officers commented saying they did not know it was there.  The image is placed here to benefit all who read this item and to ensure it is retained for future knowledge.

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PENSION - SCHEME SANCTION CHARGES

The following information has been received from NARPO HQ Wakefield and is published here for the benefit of all members.

 

Dear Colleague

 

Some Branch Secretaries have contacted HQ regarding information being circulated by their Members and on social media concerning Scheme Sanction Charges

 

I contacted and met with Clair Alcock, Head of Police Pensions for National Police Chiefs’ Council to discuss this issue and to understand the background with regards to the charge being implemented. 

 

The Scheme Sanction Charge is a charge related to an unauthorised payment.  An unauthorised payment happens when a commutation lump sum is above the Pension Commencement Lump Sum (PCLS) threshold.  Unauthorised payments have been happening since 2011 when commutation factors rose and the size of the lump sum increased.

 

There is a member charge of 40% of the unauthorised payment, and a 15% charge known as scheme sanction charge, which should be paid by the scheme, but some scheme managers have been passing this charge to the member

 

As background to this issue-

 

  • In 2010 the commutation factors changed to above 20, that breached the HMRC maximum limit introducing the unauthorised payment charges, and with them the scheme sanction charge.

  • Neither Home Office or HMRC were able to advise scheme managers on how to treat scheme sanction charges and who should pay these. 

  • Scheme managers are responsible for managing, administering and governing the scheme.

  • Scheme managers who took the decision to pass the charge to the member should have an audit as to why the charge would be passed to the member, and their reasoning. 

  • Since 2021 when a national pension team was established within NPCC, advice has been given on the matter of the scheme sanction charge.

 

The charge should not be passed to the member, because the scheme rules do not allow it.  The finance act 2004, says in section 239 paragraph 2 that the person liable to the scheme sanction charge is the scheme administrator.  To clarify for the purposes of the term ‘scheme administrator’ they mean the scheme manager - Finance Act 2004 (legislation.gov.uk).  Therefore, the person liable is the scheme, and the scheme sanction charge is not chargeable to the member if the pension scheme rules do not allow for it, the 1987 regulations have never been amended to allow the scheme to deduct the tax charge from the member.

 

Retired officers who paid tax on their commutation should have received information from the Force. In that information it would state if a Scheme Sanction Charge had been applied.

 

NARPO’s advice is for Members who have had a Scheme Sanction Charge applied should contact their Force Scheme Manager, the Chief Constable or Commissioner, not the Pension Administrator, to ask for the Charge to be repaid. 

 

This information is also on our website- https://narpo.org/pensions-challenge-update/

 

Regards

 

Alan

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STANLEY SAYCE (CCP 1938 - 1941)

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Stanley Sayce was a Constable in Cardiff City Police between 1938 and 1941 at which point he like so many others joined the RAF to help in the war effort.

On the night of the 5th April 1944 at 20.20 Hours, Lancaster ME 685 EM-C set off on a night mission from Spilsby Air Base in Lincolnshire England to bomb enemy air craft works in Montaudran France.

Some reports say the mission was a success but at 0.30 hours on the 6th April the Lancaster received a direct hit by German flak, exploding the Aircraft with such force that pieces of the plane were scattered all over the Southern district of Toulouse.

All 7 crewmen were killed.

RAF 1057241 WO John R Senior, Captain (Pilot) ️

RAF 1819373 Sgt Arthur F Woolley (Flight Engineer) ️

RAF 1318013 Flt Sgt Stanley W Sayce (Navigator) ️

RAF 1601667 Flt Sgt John T Read (Air Bomber) ️

RAAF 415706 WO William (Johnny) Waycott (Wireless Air Gunner) ️

RAAF 423780 Flt Sgt Frederick T R Bruce ( Mid Upper Gunner) ️

RAF 1852344 Sgt Henry Wilson (Rear Gunner) ️

All 7 crewman are buried together at La Fourgette Communal Cemetery in Toulouse France. ️

Lest We Forget.

The following has been received from his cousin and is self explanatory:

 

I am emailing to confirm that the memorial plaque will be inaugurated in Toulouse on 6 April and to extend the invitation to attend to any of your members who may be interested.  The Mayor of Toulouse will be attending along with other French dignitaries and media.  

 

There will be 21 family members attending and the day is planned to start at around 9 am in Montaudran, the location of the crash.  We will visit the two museums with the exhibitions dedicated to the crew and the engine discovered in 2014 as well as the CWGC graves in La Fourguette where we will place wreaths.

 

Please can I ask if the Association would be prepared to make a small donation in memory of Stan Sayce as we continue to fundraise towards the cost of the plaque.

If any member would like to contribute they can do so via the link below:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/37h7hukp7c?utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_source=customer

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TRADITIONAL LANDLINES TO BE SCRAPPED

Not many people appear to know about this issue and the associated petition that goes with it..  It could impact on you or someone you know who lives in a rural area.  Please take the time to read it and its possible impact, and if you feel you want to support it then please click on the link and sign the petition.


All is quiet on the Triple Lock at the moment but concern is growing over the rushed switch over of traditional landlines to a broadband based system (VoIP or Digital Voice), due to be completed throughout the UK by 2025. Many personal and burglar alarm systems are incompatible with Digital Voice and there is no means to make emergency calls in a power cut or an internet outage, unless you have a reliable mobile signal. Vulnerable customers are also worried about the increased costs of new contracts and equipment. 

So Silver Voices has allied with the Digital Poverty Alliance to publish a petition on the official government website, calling for a delay in the forced switchover for at least five years, until all these issues of personal safety and reliability are sorted out. 

Please sign and share the petition on the following link! 

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/653201 

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WANT TO INVEST - TRY A NARPO GOLD PARTNER

The following has been received from Wakefield and is placed here for the benefit of ALL NARPO Members.

 

Serve and Protect Credit Union have launched a limited-time Fixed Saver account, offering a guaranteed return of 5% AER

 

Are you looking to earn a guaranteed return on your savings? Serve and Protect Credit Union have launched their latest fixed-rate savings account.

 

Serve and Protect Credit Union (formerly Police Credit Union) are a not-for-profit organisation designed to help people in the police family to save money for their financial future.

 

Their Fixed Saver account allows you to deposit from £1,000 up to £10,000, with a guaranteed return of 5% AER over a term of 12 months. Your savings with Serve and Protect Credit Union are also protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, covering you up to £85,000.*

 

By opening a Fixed Saver, you not only earn a competitive return on your savings, but you also play a vital role in providing affordable loans to those who serve and protect the nation.

 

Don’t miss out on this exclusive offer! It’s available on a first-come-first-served basis, so act fast. The product is available throughout January and just requires you to complete a simple application online.

 

Note, if you are not already a member of Serve and Protect, no worries, you can still apply, but you will have to do so by the 26th of January 2024.

 

To apply or learn more about the Fixed Saver, visit: https://sandpcu.co.uk/narpo-fixed-saver

 

*£1,000 minimum deposit required. Fixed Saver 12 Month Term: 5.00% AER / gross. Closing date for applications on 31 January 2024.

New members must apply by 26 January 2024 Offer may be withdrawn earlier. Serve and Protect Credit Union membership required. T&Cs Apply. 

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HARROGATE BREAK - MEMBERS OFFER

We have received the following from a NARPO member, offering a great deal if you fancy a break in the Harrogate area.  Please mention NARPO Cardiff if you make contact with them

 

We are a police family - I retired after 30yrs service in 2008 and Lisa retired after 30yrs service in June 2023.

 

We again offer in 2024/25, almost exclusively to Narpo, our Garden Flat (as advertised in all issues of “Narpo News” and the Narpo website) which sits underneath our property, in the centre of Harrogate. This will be let out by the night (minimum 2 nights) to discerning sensible folk and will not be on any website or public social media.

It is a great alternative to a hotel bedroom.

We are a gentle 5 minute walk (650yds) into the town centre, with wonderful Spa town amenities - Turkish Baths, Valley Gardens, the 200 acre Stray, Trains to York and, of course, Bettys Tea Rooms. Also a great selection of Bars and Restaurants and using Harrogate as a base - many attractions such as Fountains Abbey, Brimham Rocks, Thirsk (the home of Herriot) and the beautiful town of Knaresborough and its riverside walks.

The Garden Flat has off-street parking for one vehicle and we can securely accommodate bicycles on site. It enjoys a private front and rear entrance and has the benefit of fast fibre BT broadband throughout. The whole property is professionally redecorated annually. The flat consists of one double bedroom, fitted wardrobes. Full size fitted kitchen with an eating area with stools and high end appliances, plus the essential

Champagne and Wine glasses. A utility room with full size washing machine, full size vented tumble dryer, iron and ironing board. Bathroom with shower (no bath) and the lounge has the usual furnishings, USB charging and a brand new smart tv with freesat.

On arrival tea, coffee and biscuits will be there to use and a pint of semi-skimmed in the fridge to get guests off to a good start. Following a warm welcome, we will be discreetly absent, but handy should a problem emerge. Inside the flat will be town centre street maps, a free parking disc for use elsewhere in town and brochures of nearby attractions.  

If you have one, well-behaved, quiet dog - please ring. (a dog fee of £10 per night would apply)

The business end! The cost for Narpo or the wider Police family remains at £95 per night (18% reduction from the standard rate of £116 per night)

 

Any enquiries to me, Dick Rothwell, via dickrothwell@hotmail.co.uk. or 07894 577370

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EMAILS FROM XPS

The below has been received from Mr Allan Crocombe Glamorgan branch secretary and is published here for the benefit of our members and other visitors to the site.

Some members have been receiving an E-mail from XPS Pension Administrators over the last couple of days.  Being concerned that this E-mail is yet another SCAM - inquiries were made by a recipient of XPS by telephone to ascertain the authenticity of the E-mail.  He was informed that the E-mail was a genuine enquiry from XPS in relation to accessing his pension account - he had not been a regular in checking his monthly pay details and had not previously set-up a link since the paper pay-slips had stopped being delivered. The E-mail offered him the opportunity to now do so.

 

Whilst this E-mail checked out positively, care should always be taken in opening E-mails from an unusual sender and in this case a quick telephone call to XPS on 0330 0545504 confirmed that this was the case.

 

Allan Crocombe

NARPO Glamorgan Branch Secretary

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BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT PAYMENTS

The following item has been received from Wakefield and is published here for the benefit of all our members and other visitors to the website:

 

Dear Colleague

 

The following information may be of interest to your Members.

 

On 9th February 2023, the law changed, extending Bereavement Support Payments to cohabiting partners (provided the claimant has a child or children)

 

This was in the May 2023 edition of NARPO News.

 

People who are eligible must apply by 9th February 2024 to get the full amount of backdated payments. They can still apply up until 8 November 2024, but will not get the full amount.

 

There is more information on the following links- https://www.gov.uk/bereavement-support-payment/eligibility

 

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/money-legal/benefits-entitlements/bereavement-benefits/

 

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/bereavement-support-payment/

 

Regards

 

Alan

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SOCIAL EVENT ADVERTISING 


BRANCH & OTHER EVENTS 

 

Following a recent message from a member concerning a security issue surrounding the availability of event application forms on the 'Public Area' of our website.  With immediate effect, all future event application forms will only be made available via the EVENTS page located within the SECURE MEMBERS ONLY area of the website.

 

Notification of the event will still be placed on the NEWS HEADLINES page, but members will need to LOGIN to the MEMBERS ONLY area to obtain more details and download any application forms,

 

The security of our members is paramount and we regret any inconvenience this will involve.  If any member has issues regarding accessing the MEMBERS ONLY area please contact Mr. Paul Bryant (Web Administrator) via the email template located in the CONTACT US page. 

 

Members who would prefer to be notified about events via the Royal Mail are requested to contact Mr. Frank Stockham (Branch Social Secretary) via the template on the CONTACT US page in order that their details can be placed on a separate mailing list.  

 

We thank you for your continued support and trust this will not deter you from applying to attend any of these events.

PLEASE NOTE NON-NARPO ORGANISED EVENTS WILL ONLY BE ADVERTISED IN THE SAME MANNER

12/2023

POLICE MUTUAL / ROYAL LONDON - UPDATE

The below has been received from NARPO Wakefield and is published here for the benefit of all members

 

Please find below update from Kerry McMahon-White, Head of Police Mutual

 

 

As one of our key strategic partners, I would like to share an important update with you about the next phase of growth and development for Police Mutual.

By way of background, in 2020 Police Mutual Assurance Society (PMAS) became part of the Royal London Group (RLG). Royal London ensured that Police Mutual had a more sustainable future and a stronger financial position to continue to operate as a business. At the same time, Royal London also recognised the importance of the core business relationships within the UK Police Service, as well as maintaining the Police Mutual Committee of Management, now named the Oversight Committee, for continuity and to protect the culture and ethos of the business.

 

When Police Mutual joined the Royal London Group, it was acknowledged that the general insurance and healthcare products sold by Police Mutual, are not central to Royal London’s core business and it was always the intention to carry out a further review to ensure that the Police Mutual business could secure a long-term future with the growth prospects and investment it needs to thrive.

 

Royal London has announced it has reached agreement with Bspoke Group regarding the sale of the general insurance and healthcare elements of the Police and Forces Mutual businesses (Police Mutual Healthcare (PMHC) and Police Mutual General Insurance (PMGI)). It is proposed the entities will be sold together in one transaction (subject to regulatory approval).

 

Core to the considerations has been finding a buyer with the right strategic and cultural fit, who recognised the heritage of the businesses and its supporting of the UK Police service. On that basis, and following a robust market process, Bspoke Group has been identified as the acquiring firm.

 

The Bspoke Group specialises in niche affinities and specialist businesses. Their management team has shown a clear drive to continue to nurture and strengthen the relationships with our key business partners and to continue to invest in and grow the type of activity and support that Police Mutual is known for. The Bspoke Group has also confirmed they want to continue to support and harness the ethos and values of Police Mutual through financial education, wellbeing support, and the ongoing sponsorship of events, such as the Police Bravery Awards.

 

I am pleased to say that the current team and management structure will remain, and I will continue to lead the business. This move will bring increased opportunity and we will be in touch to discuss how we can support you in 2024 and beyond.  We believe this is a positive step forward for Police Mutual and its customers and will enable us to grow and develop the products and services we offer to you and your colleagues.

 

Customers’ and Police Mutual colleagues are expected to transfer to Bspoke in early 2024. There is no immediate change for customers and all servicing and claims will continue to be processed in the usual way.

 

It remains business-as-usual for the team, and I will provide updates as the sale progresses.

12/2023

INJURY ON DUTY - AWARD SCHEME

The following has been received from Wakefield and is reproduced here for the benefit of our members:

At the November NEC meeting No5 Region Representative, Ahmed Ramiz, brought a petition regarding an Injury on Duty Award Scheme to the attention of the NEC. The NEC supported the petition being distributed to the Branches, should Branches and members wish to get involved. Information on the petition can be found on the national website here: 


https://narpo.org/injury-on-duty-award-scheme/

11/2023

XPS - PENSION NOTIFICATIONS

Many retired officers are commenting on various Facebook groups, including NARPO Cardiff, that they are not receiving paper-based copies of the monthly pension notifications.  This is also followed by entries asking how the pensioner can get the information online.  In order to assist those who wish to access their pension notifications online the below is a guide on how to set up an account with XPS and how to access the account once it is set up:

1. SETTING UP AN ACCOUNT

FIRSTLY make sure you have the following details:

 

  • National Insurance Number

  • Date of birth

  • Email address


Go to www.myownpension.co.uk  From the welcome screen select POLICE PENSION SCHEME

On the next screen from the GREEN COLOURED HEADER BAR select MEMBER SELF SERVICE.
When the next screen appears click the GREY Coloured button SIGN UP TO MSS
  
On the next screen CLICK on SIGNUP and follow the instructions presented on the next screen pressing the SIGNUP button when completed.

2. LOGGING IN AS MEMBER:


Go to www.myownpension.co.uk  From the welcome screen select POLICE PENSION SCHEME
On the next screen from the GREEN COLOURED HEADER BAR select MEMBER SELF SERVICE.
When the next screen appears click the LIGHT BLUE Coloured button LOGIN TO MSS
  
Follow the on-screen prompts for information e.g. User Name, Password and verification data check. These will have been set up by you when setting up your account.

Once logged in you will have access to your XPS online record including payment notifications etc.

TIP:  There is a lot of information here, but please check out the box marked PENSION DETAILS it will provide you with details of your current annual pension figure.  BUT, more importantly, it also provides a figure relating to your Contingent Long Term Spouse's Pension.  If this figure is blank or £0.00 contact XPS advising them their records are incorrect providing them with details of your spouse etc and they will update the record accordingly. This figure is the pension your spouse will receive once you pass away.

If you have any queries please contact XPS and not the author

09/2023

 

NEW NARPO TRAVEL INSURANCE

The following has been received from NARPO Wakefield
 

Circulated to all Branch Secretaries. 

 

Good Afternoon All, 

 

Following a review of the current travel insurance provision, with effect from June 1st 2023 NARPO have made the decision to transfer from Towergate to a new provider. The new Travel Insurance policy will be provided by P J Hayman & Company Limited and be sold and administered by The Civil Service Insurance Society (CSIS).

 

More information on the new travel policy can be found here: 
https://www.narpo.org/narpo-travel-insurance/ and will feature in the upcoming issue of NARPO News and New Horizons. 

 

Kind Regards, 

Sophie

 

NOTE FROM WEBMASTER:

The link above will take you to the main NARPO website.  The full article is subject of the GATED WEBSITE ACCESS and will require the member to LOGIN.  Please see the GATED WEBSITE CONTENT article above to locate the password.  If you are reading this item and are not a member of the NARPO Cardiff branch, please contact your branch secretary to ascertain details of the password

04-2023

 

CADET REUNION 2024

Yes we know it's a bit early (12 months away) but it gives you plant of advanced warning.  We have received the below from Nige Brown who is reproduced here in full.

I am organising a 50yr reunion on Friday 18th October 2024 for any ex cadet serving in 1974.

The drink/catch up will be held at the Army Reserve Centre, W Plas Rd, Litchard, Bridgend CF31 1PA or if not available it would be in a function room at a local pub in Bridgend.

If anyone interested can message me or contact me at nigebrown2510@gmail.com thanks very much.

Just to jog some memories the images below are of the 1974 Cadet Intake, Please click on the image to enlarge it.

02-2023

NARPO RULE BOOK

The latest version of the NARPO Rule book has been published and is available on the Wakefield website www.narpo.org

 

or

 

click on the link below: 

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It is with regret that the Officers and Committee members of the NARPO Cardiff Branch notify our members of the passing of the following, Acknowledging that some may not have been members of the branch, but they were former colleagues, and friends of our members and were a part of the larger Police family in their lifetime.

BLACKER: Norman  it is with deep regret that on behalf of the Glamorgan Branch we advise our members of the passing on 18th May 2024 of retired Det. Constable 576 Norman Blacker (aged 79 years).

 

Norman did his police service in and around the Aberdare areas, serving the communities of Cwmdare, Mountain Ash before being appointed onto the CID in Aberdare, from where he retired.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS:

2:15 pm Friday 14th June 2024 at the Llwydcoed Crematorium, Llwydcoed, ABERDARE CF44 0DJ

HOLDER

EDWARDS:David Harry John, it is with deep regret that on behalf of the Glamorgan Branch we advise our members of the passing on 23rd May 2024 of retired Constable David Harry John Edwards. 

The first 12 years of his Police career were spent in the Metropolitan Police before transferring to Glamorgan Constabulary, he was initially posted to Bridgend Town, and later transferred to the Force Operations Room at Police HQ where he remained for the rest of his service prior to retiring.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS:

11:00 am Thursday 13th June 2024 at Coychurch Crematorium, Simonston Road, Coychurch, 
Bridgend, CF35 6AB


 

FRANCIS: Derek  It is with deep regret that on behalf of the Glamorgan Branch, we advise our members of the passing on Friday 10th May of retired Constable Derek Francis. 
Derek initially served in the Neath and Port Talbot areas before joining the Dog Handling Section, where he served the rest of his service.

 

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS:

1:15 pm Tuesday 16th July 2024 at the Coychurch Crematorium, Simonston Rd, Coychurch, Bridgend CF35 6AB

KIRTON: Stewart (Stew) It is with deep regret that we advise our members of the passing yesterday morning (10/06/2024) of retired D/Sgt Stewart (Stew) Kirton.

Stew served in various locations and departments during his service including CID, SCS, No 8 RCIO, and the RCS.  Stew past away on the same day as his daughter did 12 months prior, and lost his wife in the same year.  Our deepest condolences go out to his family at this tragic time.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS TO FOLLOW

MATTHEWS: Colin (MATHO) It is with deep regret that on behalf of the Swansea branch we advise our members of the passing on 30th May 2024 of Ret. Det. Constable 1421 Colin (MATHO) Matthews (aged 70 years)

Colin joined the South Wales Constabulary in 1972, and initially worked in uniform in Gorseinon. He soon progressed to work in CID, and served in Gorseinon, Lliw Valley, Cockett CID and also in the RCS. On his retirement he worked in Dyfed Powys Police in the Freedom of Information Department for 14 years.

Matho had many links within the Police with his brother Brian serving as a traffic officer and his daughter Natalie serving as a Temporary Sergeant in the South Wales Police at present. His son Gareth also works as a member of staff for Dyfed Powys Police.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS:

 

11:30 am Wednesday 26th June 2024  at Swansea Crematorium, Heol Pentre Felin, Llangyfelach, Swansea

SA6 6BY.  There will be refreshments afterward at Pontardulais Rugby Club, to which all are welcome.

SHEPPARD: Doreen It is with deep sadness that we inform our members of the passing of Mrs Doreen Sheppard, wife of retired Constable Colin Sheppard.  They have both been residing in Spain for over 40 years.  

 

Doreen was formally Det. Constable Doreen Rowley was a former Cardiff City Police. She served in the C.I.D., the RCS and Crown Court Liaison.  Colin also retired form the Crown Court Liaison department.

GATED WEBSITE CONTENT


NARPO HQ at Wakefield have from the 1st March 2022 introduced a an exclusive members - only gated content area on their website www.narpo.org 

This is designed to ensure that their advice on pensions, offers and other alerts remain exclusive to NARPO members.  Selected areas's of the Wakefield website will now require a LOGIN to access the gated area.

The current password will be found in ISSUE 109 of The NARPO NEWS Magazine or by LOGIN to the members only area of our website visiting the top of the COMMITTEES CONTACT Page 

03/2022

MEMBERSHIP GDPR REMINDER

You may recall that back in September 2023 we advised our members that the branch was undertaking a detailed review of the branch records of all members, in order to ensure that the branch was fully compliant with the General Data Protection Rules.

This essential work is still 'Ongoing' with many hundreds of branch records to be checked and validated.  You can help ease the pressure on those undertaking the work by completing the GDPR form that was circulated in September and submitting it as outlined below.

If you have already done so please accept the committee's grateful thanks.


12/2023

The form is a MS Word .DOCX file and will download to your computer download folder.please complete the form on your computer, save it, and then forward it to the following email address:

cardiff2@narpo.org

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FORM


If you experience difficulties downloading the MS Word file via the above link.  Please click on the below to receive a .pdf document.  Please print the document off, complete it using a pen, scan the document to your computer, and forward the scanned copy to the email address above:

CLICK HERE FOR .PDF file format



 

Planner

DIARY DATES

The branch committee and in particular the Social Secretaries Frank & Mel Stockham, are already busily reserving dates and commencing arrangements for events in 2024 and 2025.  The following dates should be entered in your diaries / wall calendars as being NARPO events with further details to follow nearer the time.

Friday 8th November 2024 AUTUMN QUIZ NIGHT Fairwater Conservative Club. Ely Road, Cardiff

Wednesday 4th December 2024 CHRISTMAS LUNCH  Whitchurch Golf Club, Cardiff

 

Heading 2

 

As you may already be aware, June is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) awareness month and Police Care UK is highlighting that 1 in 5 police officers may live with a form of PTSD as a result of their policing role, so I’m writing to remind you that we’re here if someone you know may need us.

 

As well as vital research into Police PTSD and CPTSD, Police Care UK is the only national UK wide police charity delivering specialist trauma therapies and support to serving and former police officers, staff, volunteers, including their immediate families, who have been harmed as a result of their policing role.

 

Last year, 76% of those who came to us had a mental health concern, and of these, 52% had PTSD, CPTSD, or undiagnosed trauma.

 

For more information or practical help, visit; https://www.policecare.org.uk/ptsd/

 

Please do share this email with your colleagues or contacts, and If you’ve not already done so, I would invite you to consider registering for our newsletter, here; https://www.policecare.org.uk/

 

As you may already be aware, June is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) awareness month and Police Care UK is highlighting that 1 in 5 police officers may live with a form of PTSD as a result of their policing role, so I’m writing to remind you that we’re here if someone you know may need us.

 

As well as vital research into Police PTSD and CPTSD, Police Care UK is the only national UK wide police charity delivering specialist trauma therapies and support to serving and former police officers, staff, volunteers, including their immediate families, who have been harmed as a result of their policing role.

 

Last year, 76% of those who came to us had a mental health concern, and of these, 52% had PTSD, CPTSD, or undiagnosed trauma.

 

For more information or practical help, visit; https://www.policecare.org.uk/ptsd/

 

Please do share this email with your colleagues or contacts, and If you’ve not already done so, I would invite you to consider registering for our newsletter, here; https://www.policecare.org.uk/

 

DIARY DATE - WITH A DIFFERENCE !!!!!

Normally diary dates placed on the website are all NARPO related events.

This one is different:  Friday 18th October 2024 is the date set for the 40th Cardiff City Police Annual Reunion Diner.

The menu and application form is now available to download on the
CARDIFF CITY POLICE REUNION page of this website.

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SWP FAMILY FUN DAY 2024

Want somewhere different to take the grandchildren, things have changed a lot since the Waterton Cross days.  it might give you  a chance to see what the 'JOB' does these days


It’s almost time… the South Wales Police Family Fun Day 2024 will take place on Saturday, June 29, at HQ in Bridgend!

This event is a great opportunity for you to find out what we do as a service, from taking fingerprints to firearm demonstrations.

 

What’s the Family Fun Day all about?
 

As with last year’s event, there will once again be attractions, activities and demonstrations to delight all ages:

  • Meet our wellbeing dogs and watch police dog demonstrations

  • The chance to see our latest operational equipment including our cars and bikes

  • Check out our latest operational equipment, including our cars and bikes

  • Dress up for kids uniform and meet our mascot Billy Blue

  • Watch live demonstrations by our Joint Firearms Unit

  • Technology demonstrations including Facial Recognition

  • Stalls hosted by our networks, partner agencies and various departments and a whole host more!

Interested in a career with the police? Our recruitment team will be on hand to discuss our latest opportunities.

 

How much does entry cost?
 

This is a FREE event, giving you the chance to meet our officers and staff and learn about what we do. You don’t need to bring any form of ID.

 

A message from the Chief Constable
 

Chief Constable Jeremy Vaughan said:

“Our Family Fun Day always goes down well with attendees and I’m looking forward to meeting some of you at this years event. If you and your family want to spend some time with us, see some of the work we carry out, and meet those that help keep your community safe, please come along. I can’t promise the sunshine, but I can assure you it will be a fantastic day.”

 

Getting Here

Address: South Wales Police HQ, Cowbridge Road, Coychurch Lower CF31 3SU

By Car: Use M4 Junctions 35-37, following the signs for Bridgend.

By Train: We are approximately a 20-minute walk from Bridgend train station.

 

South Wales Police Family Fun Day 2024 - Come and join us! | South Wales Police (cds.co.uk)

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20, 30, 40 YOU HELP DECISION MAKERS

It appears that Cardiff City Council need their resident's assistance in deciding which roads should have the speed limits changed again.  This follows on from the Senydd's 'U' turn on the legislation they introduced involving the so-called blanket 20 MPH.

To ascertain how the residents feel about some of the roads and their various speed limits the council wants your opinions.  To give them your comments please click on the link below, or copy it to your web browser and take part in the survey.  Remember, if you don't participate things will stay as they are:


https://www.cardiffcouncilforms.co.uk/article/1573/Request-a-speed-limit-change?pageSessionId=46116c7b-b59d-4a98-adcc-db7e22d368f2&fsn=ca84fdc5-ac81-4847-a838-3bab6092ac04&fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTEAAR27NkJ_IjxPGZOcUJDfg3LDJS0rCsETUd_PFQlGN9Tadi5EyhdFbUqVM6w_aem_Aajc1X2vl4-VtisnKNzPRqSAVggpFboZeuuSzLFmYyTKQgtmatwARSM_g3YbBFiQPiuCyvrIfyeUNC5f-A_rBoGw

LOO's DAY OF ACTION

Members may recall our news item regarding the petition requiring the Senydd to provide more accessible public toilets if you haven't signed it then please scroll down to the item and click on the link.

Age Cymru, have advised us that the Wales Senior's Forum will be undertaking a Day of Action in support of this campaign please see the email content belo


Dear all,

 

Please find attached a flyer for the Wales Seniors Forum P is for People campaign Day of Action to be held on 11 June.

 

Please can you share this with all your contacts. I have attached a pdf and jpegs, so most people should be able to open the files and share them on social media.

 

If you intend to attend the event, please let me know so that I can advise the Senedd Estates team of numbers on the day.

 

Thank you,

 

Kathy

 

Kathy Lye​​​​

Engagement Development Officer

Age Cymru

029 2043 1570

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NTLWORLD / VIRGINMEDIA PROBLEMS

ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS USING NTLWORLD.COM or VIRGINMEDIA.COM EMAIL ACCOUNTS

We are being advised via our service providers that e-bulletins, and e-mails sent to our members from the website are being 'BOUNCED' by the members service providers. i.e. ntlworld.com and virginmedia.com
the below text is the message being received back from our service provider:


The outbound connection was established to the server for the recipient domain ntlworld.com by mxin5.virginmedia.com. [84.116.6.18], but was unable to complete the message transaction, either because of time-out, or inadequate connection quality.

All members with such accounts are requested to contact their service provider and seek a resolution from them.  We as a branch are already aware from previous issues involving these companies and others that their technical departments will not discuss anything with as due to GDPR. and therefore cannot seek any resolution on your behalf.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU:

Bouncing of an email means that you no longer receive an e-bulletins from narpocardiff.com, as a result you will not be made aware of various things such as events, pension issues, and other newsworthy items.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

Contact your service provider and request they stop blocking our e-bulletins etc. as explained above we cannot do this for you.

ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION:


Create a separate email mail account with a different service provider eg gmail, yahoo, hotmail etc provide that email account to the web administrator who will then arrange delivery of all narpocardiff.com ebulletins etc to the new email address provided by you the member

Should you wish any further guidance please contact the web administrator via the email template on the CONTACT US page of the website www.narpocardoff.com

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TORQUAY BREAKS

If you feel like a breakaway, we have received the below from Wakefield, the contents are self-explanatory so why not check it out!!!

 

Good afternoon,

We own The Chesterfield Guest House located on Belgrave Road in Torquay and have recently taken bookings from those attending the annual police conference at the English Riviera International Centre in September.

 

We've always found that weekends are particularly enjoyable when we have a group of guests sharing common interests or attending the same event. In support of this upcoming conference, we're delighted to offer a special discount code, NARPO15, which provides a 15% discount on any bookings made for September 2024 through the www.thechesterfield.net  website.

Please feel free to share this code with any attendees in need of accommodation. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

All the best,

Amanda and Dan

 

 

The Chesterfield | 62 Belgrave Road | Torquay | Devon | TQ2 5HY | 01803 292 318

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THANK YOU !!!

Following on from the 'Spring Lunch' the following has been received from Mr. Paul Oliver:

Paul wishes to thank everyone who sponsored him at the 'Spring Lunch' whether it was via the sponsorship form, or an 'online' donation they made.  Yesterday's donations raised  £400, which increased his fund to £900 so far.

Should anyone wish to contribute please go to the 'WE CAN HELP' page of our website where you can read more about 'OLLIES CHALLENGE' and you will find a link to the donation page.

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COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES

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 CWGC graves located at
Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff 
(Photo courtesy of Paul Bryant)

The following has been received from Wakefield on behalf of retired ACC Joe Frost and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.  If you wish to volunteer please make direct contact via the email given below:.

'Hi Sandra 

You kindly copied me to SWales NARPO seeking volunteers and there was a great response. There is a need for volunteers in West Wales could you copy message to our colleagues over there.

The co-ordinator is  
katherine.pettersen@cwgc.org and volunteering involves visiting war graves 2 or 3 times annually, reporting on condition and cleaning, with water only, where necessary. As an illustration I look after 29 war graves in 11 locations in South Herefordshire.

Very many thanks Joe'

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SIGN IT ..... OR   LOO'S IT!!!

Forgive the above pun !!! the following has been received from AGE CYMRU and relates to a petition to retain Public Toilets in Wales.  
Dear all,

 

Can I ask that everyone continues to share the link to the online petition and make an effort to collect as many hard copy signatures as possible.

 

This morning, the number of signatures collected was 1,239 - we have 6 weeks to collect another 9,000 signatures. Despite the fantastic coverage across the BBC, the total only went up by 40 over the weekend.

 

Over 100 of the total so far were collected on paper by one branch of Active Wales. I have collected 90 in the past two weeks, simply by having a few sheets with me at all times.

 

Please can you make every effort to get the information out to any local or national group you can think of, and make sure that you get every family member and friend to sign.

 

Provide funding and support for the adequate provision of accessible and clean public toilets. - Petitions (senedd.wales)

 

Kind regards,

 

Kathy

 

Kathy Lye​​​​

Engagement Development Officer

Age Cymru

029 2043 1570

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NARPO HORIZONS

The latest edition of NARPO Horizons is available to view on the www.narpo.org website  or by:

CLICKING HERE 

please remember you MUST log in with the password to be able to access the content of the NARPO Horizons

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BRANCH CENTENARIAN

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On behalf of the officer's, committee and members we are delighted to wish our member Stan Morgan a happy 103rd birthday 

Some details of Stan's remarkable life and Police service were recently the subject of an article in the South Wales Echo. 

To read more please click on the  Image.  Which will take you to the article.

Many thanks to Wyndham Hopkins for bringing this to our attention.

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POLICE COVENANT CAMPAIGN

We have received the below from Wakefield about the Police Covenant Campaign,  please check out the links embedded within the circulation and consider writing to your MP to gain more support for the campaign.

Circulated to All Branch Secs and NEC members

 

Colleagues,

 

For your information, please see copies below of links placed on the NARPO website today in relation to work around our Police Covenant Campaign.

 

Can all members please be made aware of the links and encouraged to view and make use of the attached letter to raise awareness of our campaign with their respective MP’s.

 

Thanks in advance for your support.

 

Steve Wilcock sent on behalf of Alan Lees, CEO

 

 

NARPO member to MP POLICE COVENANT

https://members.parliament.uk/members/commons

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WELFARE UPDATE - FLINT HOUSE

The following update has been received from Mr. Steve Bartley and is published here for the benefit of all our readers:
 

Morning both,

As part of my NARPO welfare Officer duties, I have made some enquiries with Flint House regarding their rehabilitation facilities.

The lady I spoke to was most helpful and told me more about their donation scheme for retired police officers.

I have heard about it but have never got around to finding out the details.

Anyway, if you sign up to make a donation of £5 per month. This entitles you to apply for treatment following a clinical assessment. Details of how to apply for treatment is under the 'Get help now' section of the website.

Once you have signed up, you are entitled to apply.

It maybe that many of our colleagues are already aware of this.

Please feel free to share this information with our members.

The website link is below.

Cheers 

Steve 
 

Regularly Donate - Flint House Police Rehabilitation

Members can also read about other members experinces of attending Flint House by visiting the FLINT HOUSE page located under the Health & Welfare menu

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POCA -PETITION

The following has been received from 'POLICE CARE UK' and is placed here for the benefit of our members and readers.  The decision to sign is yours, but it is an excellent idea and well worth supporting.

 

A petition has been launched proposing a policy that allocates a portion of funds seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) to organisations that support the welfare, recovery, and wellbeing of serving and retired police officers and staff who are injured, living with disability or mental health issues and needs ongoing support.

 

We want as many people as possible to sign this petition, and any help you can provide in raising awareness of it would be greatly appreciated.

 

Sign here:

 

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/657531?fbclid=IwAR0gBhWAA4FARwD_CtV7IHcS7RQ-vjzrtOWqFpRl694e5jDt4uVSfu1gwuQ

 

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POLICE MUTUAL UPDATE 

The following information has been received from NARPO Wakefield and is published here for the benefit of our members and site followers

 

Important Police Mutual Update

 

 

As a valued Police Mutual supporter, I am are delighted to share that we have today completed on the sale of Police Mutual’s general insurance and healthcare business to Bspoke Insurance Group Limited (Bspoke Group).

The move helps protect the long-term future of Police Mutual, so that it can invest and grow to better serve the ever-changing needs of the Police community.

 

Bspoke Group is based in Leeds and brings together a collection of specialist insurance businesses offering a wide range of products and services both direct to customers and to other companies. Bspoke Group has a deep understanding of the Police Mutual business, its ethos and the importance of protecting them to allow the brand to flourish in the future.

 

Why is this sale good news?

 

  • Today’s announcement enables us to grow and invest in our customers and the financial wellbeing of Police colleagues for the long-term

  • Bspoke Group is committed to the Police Mutual brand, and wants to continue to support the values of Police Mutual through financial education, the Police Mutual Foundation, which includes respite breaks and careline and the ongoing sponsorship of UK events

 

  • The additional investment and support provided by Bspoke Group will allow us to develop our products and services so that we can continue to meet your needs

 

All Police Mutual customers will today be receiving an email update containing this news, further information is also available on our website www.policemutual.co.uk.

 

If you have any questions about this announcement, please contact me directly.

 

We hope you agree that this is an exciting new chapter for Police Mutual and we look forward to sharing more updates with you in the coming months.

 

 

 

Kerry McMahon-White – Managing Director

Police Mutual

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PAUL HOOPER MEMORIAL FONT

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We are most grateful to Mr. Ian Tumelty for providing the branch with an image of the memorial font in the name of Cardiff City Police officer Paul Hooper.

The font is located in St. Albans Church, Swinton Street, Splott. Cardiff CF24 2NX
It is by the Alter and used by many before receiving Holy Communion, and is also used by the choir coming from the sacristry. 

Since the image appeared on our Facebook group some retired officers commented saying they did not know it was there.  The image is placed here to benefit all who read this item and to ensure it is retained for future knowledge.

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PENSION - SCHEME SANCTION CHARGES

The following information has been received from NARPO HQ Wakefield and is published here for the benefit of all members.

 

Dear Colleague

 

Some Branch Secretaries have contacted HQ regarding information being circulated by their Members and on social media concerning Scheme Sanction Charges

 

I contacted and met with Clair Alcock, Head of Police Pensions for National Police Chiefs’ Council to discuss this issue and to understand the background with regards to the charge being implemented. 

 

The Scheme Sanction Charge is a charge related to an unauthorised payment.  An unauthorised payment happens when a commutation lump sum is above the Pension Commencement Lump Sum (PCLS) threshold.  Unauthorised payments have been happening since 2011 when commutation factors rose and the size of the lump sum increased.

 

There is a member charge of 40% of the unauthorised payment, and a 15% charge known as scheme sanction charge, which should be paid by the scheme, but some scheme managers have been passing this charge to the member

 

As background to this issue-

 

  • In 2010 the commutation factors changed to above 20, that breached the HMRC maximum limit introducing the unauthorised payment charges, and with them the scheme sanction charge.

  • Neither Home Office or HMRC were able to advise scheme managers on how to treat scheme sanction charges and who should pay these. 

  • Scheme managers are responsible for managing, administering and governing the scheme.

  • Scheme managers who took the decision to pass the charge to the member should have an audit as to why the charge would be passed to the member, and their reasoning. 

  • Since 2021 when a national pension team was established within NPCC, advice has been given on the matter of the scheme sanction charge.

 

The charge should not be passed to the member, because the scheme rules do not allow it.  The finance act 2004, says in section 239 paragraph 2 that the person liable to the scheme sanction charge is the scheme administrator.  To clarify for the purposes of the term ‘scheme administrator’ they mean the scheme manager - Finance Act 2004 (legislation.gov.uk).  Therefore, the person liable is the scheme, and the scheme sanction charge is not chargeable to the member if the pension scheme rules do not allow for it, the 1987 regulations have never been amended to allow the scheme to deduct the tax charge from the member.

 

Retired officers who paid tax on their commutation should have received information from the Force. In that information it would state if a Scheme Sanction Charge had been applied.

 

NARPO’s advice is for Members who have had a Scheme Sanction Charge applied should contact their Force Scheme Manager, the Chief Constable or Commissioner, not the Pension Administrator, to ask for the Charge to be repaid. 

 

This information is also on our website- https://narpo.org/pensions-challenge-update/

 

Regards

 

Alan

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STANLEY SAYCE (CCP 1938 - 1941)

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Stanley Sayce was a Constable in Cardiff City Police between 1938 and 1941 at which point he like so many others joined the RAF to help in the war effort.

On the night of the 5th April 1944 at 20.20 Hours, Lancaster ME 685 EM-C set off on a night mission from Spilsby Air Base in Lincolnshire England to bomb enemy air craft works in Montaudran France.

Some reports say the mission was a success but at 0.30 hours on the 6th April the Lancaster received a direct hit by German flak, exploding the Aircraft with such force that pieces of the plane were scattered all over the Southern district of Toulouse.

All 7 crewmen were killed.

RAF 1057241 WO John R Senior, Captain (Pilot) ️

RAF 1819373 Sgt Arthur F Woolley (Flight Engineer) ️

RAF 1318013 Flt Sgt Stanley W Sayce (Navigator) ️

RAF 1601667 Flt Sgt John T Read (Air Bomber) ️

RAAF 415706 WO William (Johnny) Waycott (Wireless Air Gunner) ️

RAAF 423780 Flt Sgt Frederick T R Bruce ( Mid Upper Gunner) ️

RAF 1852344 Sgt Henry Wilson (Rear Gunner) ️

All 7 crewman are buried together at La Fourgette Communal Cemetery in Toulouse France. ️

Lest We Forget.

The following has been received from his cousin and is self explanatory:

 

I am emailing to confirm that the memorial plaque will be inaugurated in Toulouse on 6 April and to extend the invitation to attend to any of your members who may be interested.  The Mayor of Toulouse will be attending along with other French dignitaries and media.  

 

There will be 21 family members attending and the day is planned to start at around 9 am in Montaudran, the location of the crash.  We will visit the two museums with the exhibitions dedicated to the crew and the engine discovered in 2014 as well as the CWGC graves in La Fourguette where we will place wreaths.

 

Please can I ask if the Association would be prepared to make a small donation in memory of Stan Sayce as we continue to fundraise towards the cost of the plaque.

If any member would like to contribute they can do so via the link below:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/37h7hukp7c?utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_source=customer

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TRADITIONAL LANDLINES TO BE SCRAPPED

Not many people appear to know about this issue and the associated petition that goes with it..  It could impact on you or someone you know who lives in a rural area.  Please take the time to read it and its possible impact, and if you feel you want to support it then please click on the link and sign the petition.


All is quiet on the Triple Lock at the moment but concern is growing over the rushed switch over of traditional landlines to a broadband based system (VoIP or Digital Voice), due to be completed throughout the UK by 2025. Many personal and burglar alarm systems are incompatible with Digital Voice and there is no means to make emergency calls in a power cut or an internet outage, unless you have a reliable mobile signal. Vulnerable customers are also worried about the increased costs of new contracts and equipment. 

So Silver Voices has allied with the Digital Poverty Alliance to publish a petition on the official government website, calling for a delay in the forced switchover for at least five years, until all these issues of personal safety and reliability are sorted out. 

Please sign and share the petition on the following link! 

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/653201 

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WANT TO INVEST - TRY A NARPO GOLD PARTNER

The following has been received from Wakefield and is placed here for the benefit of ALL NARPO Members.

 

Serve and Protect Credit Union have launched a limited-time Fixed Saver account, offering a guaranteed return of 5% AER

 

Are you looking to earn a guaranteed return on your savings? Serve and Protect Credit Union have launched their latest fixed-rate savings account.

 

Serve and Protect Credit Union (formerly Police Credit Union) are a not-for-profit organisation designed to help people in the police family to save money for their financial future.

 

Their Fixed Saver account allows you to deposit from £1,000 up to £10,000, with a guaranteed return of 5% AER over a term of 12 months. Your savings with Serve and Protect Credit Union are also protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, covering you up to £85,000.*

 

By opening a Fixed Saver, you not only earn a competitive return on your savings, but you also play a vital role in providing affordable loans to those who serve and protect the nation.

 

Don’t miss out on this exclusive offer! It’s available on a first-come-first-served basis, so act fast. The product is available throughout January and just requires you to complete a simple application online.

 

Note, if you are not already a member of Serve and Protect, no worries, you can still apply, but you will have to do so by the 26th of January 2024.

 

To apply or learn more about the Fixed Saver, visit: https://sandpcu.co.uk/narpo-fixed-saver

 

*£1,000 minimum deposit required. Fixed Saver 12 Month Term: 5.00% AER / gross. Closing date for applications on 31 January 2024.

New members must apply by 26 January 2024 Offer may be withdrawn earlier. Serve and Protect Credit Union membership required. T&Cs Apply. 

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HARROGATE BREAK - MEMBERS OFFER

We have received the following from a NARPO member, offering a great deal if you fancy a break in the Harrogate area.  Please mention NARPO Cardiff if you make contact with them

 

We are a police family - I retired after 30yrs service in 2008 and Lisa retired after 30yrs service in June 2023.

 

We again offer in 2024/25, almost exclusively to Narpo, our Garden Flat (as advertised in all issues of “Narpo News” and the Narpo website) which sits underneath our property, in the centre of Harrogate. This will be let out by the night (minimum 2 nights) to discerning sensible folk and will not be on any website or public social media.

It is a great alternative to a hotel bedroom.

We are a gentle 5 minute walk (650yds) into the town centre, with wonderful Spa town amenities - Turkish Baths, Valley Gardens, the 200 acre Stray, Trains to York and, of course, Bettys Tea Rooms. Also a great selection of Bars and Restaurants and using Harrogate as a base - many attractions such as Fountains Abbey, Brimham Rocks, Thirsk (the home of Herriot) and the beautiful town of Knaresborough and its riverside walks.

The Garden Flat has off-street parking for one vehicle and we can securely accommodate bicycles on site. It enjoys a private front and rear entrance and has the benefit of fast fibre BT broadband throughout. The whole property is professionally redecorated annually. The flat consists of one double bedroom, fitted wardrobes. Full size fitted kitchen with an eating area with stools and high end appliances, plus the essential

Champagne and Wine glasses. A utility room with full size washing machine, full size vented tumble dryer, iron and ironing board. Bathroom with shower (no bath) and the lounge has the usual furnishings, USB charging and a brand new smart tv with freesat.

On arrival tea, coffee and biscuits will be there to use and a pint of semi-skimmed in the fridge to get guests off to a good start. Following a warm welcome, we will be discreetly absent, but handy should a problem emerge. Inside the flat will be town centre street maps, a free parking disc for use elsewhere in town and brochures of nearby attractions.  

If you have one, well-behaved, quiet dog - please ring. (a dog fee of £10 per night would apply)

The business end! The cost for Narpo or the wider Police family remains at £95 per night (18% reduction from the standard rate of £116 per night)

 

Any enquiries to me, Dick Rothwell, via dickrothwell@hotmail.co.uk. or 07894 577370

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EMAILS FROM XPS

The below has been received from Mr Allan Crocombe Glamorgan branch secretary and is published here for the benefit of our members and other visitors to the site.

Some members have been receiving an E-mail from XPS Pension Administrators over the last couple of days.  Being concerned that this E-mail is yet another SCAM - inquiries were made by a recipient of XPS by telephone to ascertain the authenticity of the E-mail.  He was informed that the E-mail was a genuine enquiry from XPS in relation to accessing his pension account - he had not been a regular in checking his monthly pay details and had not previously set-up a link since the paper pay-slips had stopped being delivered. The E-mail offered him the opportunity to now do so.

 

Whilst this E-mail checked out positively, care should always be taken in opening E-mails from an unusual sender and in this case a quick telephone call to XPS on 0330 0545504 confirmed that this was the case.

 

Allan Crocombe

NARPO Glamorgan Branch Secretary

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BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT PAYMENTS

The following item has been received from Wakefield and is published here for the benefit of all our members and other visitors to the website:

 

Dear Colleague

 

The following information may be of interest to your Members.

 

On 9th February 2023, the law changed, extending Bereavement Support Payments to cohabiting partners (provided the claimant has a child or children)

 

This was in the May 2023 edition of NARPO News.

 

People who are eligible must apply by 9th February 2024 to get the full amount of backdated payments. They can still apply up until 8 November 2024, but will not get the full amount.

 

There is more information on the following links- https://www.gov.uk/bereavement-support-payment/eligibility

 

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/money-legal/benefits-entitlements/bereavement-benefits/

 

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/bereavement-support-payment/

 

Regards

 

Alan

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SOCIAL EVENT ADVERTISING 


BRANCH & OTHER EVENTS 

 

Following a recent message from a member concerning a security issue surrounding the availability of event application forms on the 'Public Area' of our website.  With immediate effect, all future event application forms will only be made available via the EVENTS page located within the SECURE MEMBERS ONLY area of the website.

 

Notification of the event will still be placed on the NEWS HEADLINES page, but members will need to LOGIN to the MEMBERS ONLY area to obtain more details and download any application forms,

 

The security of our members is paramount and we regret any inconvenience this will involve.  If any member has issues regarding accessing the MEMBERS ONLY area please contact Mr. Paul Bryant (Web Administrator) via the email template located in the CONTACT US page. 

 

Members who would prefer to be notified about events via the Royal Mail are requested to contact Mr. Frank Stockham (Branch Social Secretary) via the template on the CONTACT US page in order that their details can be placed on a separate mailing list.  

 

We thank you for your continued support and trust this will not deter you from applying to attend any of these events.

PLEASE NOTE NON-NARPO ORGANISED EVENTS WILL ONLY BE ADVERTISED IN THE SAME MANNER

12/2023

POLICE MUTUAL / ROYAL LONDON - UPDATE

The below has been received from NARPO Wakefield and is published here for the benefit of all members

 

Please find below update from Kerry McMahon-White, Head of Police Mutual

 

 

As one of our key strategic partners, I would like to share an important update with you about the next phase of growth and development for Police Mutual.

By way of background, in 2020 Police Mutual Assurance Society (PMAS) became part of the Royal London Group (RLG). Royal London ensured that Police Mutual had a more sustainable future and a stronger financial position to continue to operate as a business. At the same time, Royal London also recognised the importance of the core business relationships within the UK Police Service, as well as maintaining the Police Mutual Committee of Management, now named the Oversight Committee, for continuity and to protect the culture and ethos of the business.

 

When Police Mutual joined the Royal London Group, it was acknowledged that the general insurance and healthcare products sold by Police Mutual, are not central to Royal London’s core business and it was always the intention to carry out a further review to ensure that the Police Mutual business could secure a long-term future with the growth prospects and investment it needs to thrive.

 

Royal London has announced it has reached agreement with Bspoke Group regarding the sale of the general insurance and healthcare elements of the Police and Forces Mutual businesses (Police Mutual Healthcare (PMHC) and Police Mutual General Insurance (PMGI)). It is proposed the entities will be sold together in one transaction (subject to regulatory approval).

 

Core to the considerations has been finding a buyer with the right strategic and cultural fit, who recognised the heritage of the businesses and its supporting of the UK Police service. On that basis, and following a robust market process, Bspoke Group has been identified as the acquiring firm.

 

The Bspoke Group specialises in niche affinities and specialist businesses. Their management team has shown a clear drive to continue to nurture and strengthen the relationships with our key business partners and to continue to invest in and grow the type of activity and support that Police Mutual is known for. The Bspoke Group has also confirmed they want to continue to support and harness the ethos and values of Police Mutual through financial education, wellbeing support, and the ongoing sponsorship of events, such as the Police Bravery Awards.

 

I am pleased to say that the current team and management structure will remain, and I will continue to lead the business. This move will bring increased opportunity and we will be in touch to discuss how we can support you in 2024 and beyond.  We believe this is a positive step forward for Police Mutual and its customers and will enable us to grow and develop the products and services we offer to you and your colleagues.

 

Customers’ and Police Mutual colleagues are expected to transfer to Bspoke in early 2024. There is no immediate change for customers and all servicing and claims will continue to be processed in the usual way.

 

It remains business-as-usual for the team, and I will provide updates as the sale progresses.

12/2023

INJURY ON DUTY - AWARD SCHEME

The following has been received from Wakefield and is reproduced here for the benefit of our members:

At the November NEC meeting No5 Region Representative, Ahmed Ramiz, brought a petition regarding an Injury on Duty Award Scheme to the attention of the NEC. The NEC supported the petition being distributed to the Branches, should Branches and members wish to get involved. Information on the petition can be found on the national website here: 


https://narpo.org/injury-on-duty-award-scheme/

11/2023

XPS - PENSION NOTIFICATIONS

Many retired officers are commenting on various Facebook groups, including NARPO Cardiff, that they are not receiving paper-based copies of the monthly pension notifications.  This is also followed by entries asking how the pensioner can get the information online.  In order to assist those who wish to access their pension notifications online the below is a guide on how to set up an account with XPS and how to access the account once it is set up:

1. SETTING UP AN ACCOUNT

FIRSTLY make sure you have the following details:

 

  • National Insurance Number

  • Date of birth

  • Email address


Go to www.myownpension.co.uk  From the welcome screen select POLICE PENSION SCHEME

On the next screen from the GREEN COLOURED HEADER BAR select MEMBER SELF SERVICE.
When the next screen appears click the GREY Coloured button SIGN UP TO MSS
  
On the next screen CLICK on SIGNUP and follow the instructions presented on the next screen pressing the SIGNUP button when completed.

2. LOGGING IN AS MEMBER:


Go to www.myownpension.co.uk  From the welcome screen select POLICE PENSION SCHEME
On the next screen from the GREEN COLOURED HEADER BAR select MEMBER SELF SERVICE.
When the next screen appears click the LIGHT BLUE Coloured button LOGIN TO MSS
  
Follow the on-screen prompts for information e.g. User Name, Password and verification data check. These will have been set up by you when setting up your account.

Once logged in you will have access to your XPS online record including payment notifications etc.

TIP:  There is a lot of information here, but please check out the box marked PENSION DETAILS it will provide you with details of your current annual pension figure.  BUT, more importantly, it also provides a figure relating to your Contingent Long Term Spouse's Pension.  If this figure is blank or £0.00 contact XPS advising them their records are incorrect providing them with details of your spouse etc and they will update the record accordingly. This figure is the pension your spouse will receive once you pass away.

If you have any queries please contact XPS and not the author

09/2023

 

NEW NARPO TRAVEL INSURANCE

The following has been received from NARPO Wakefield
 

Circulated to all Branch Secretaries. 

 

Good Afternoon All, 

 

Following a review of the current travel insurance provision, with effect from June 1st 2023 NARPO have made the decision to transfer from Towergate to a new provider. The new Travel Insurance policy will be provided by P J Hayman & Company Limited and be sold and administered by The Civil Service Insurance Society (CSIS).

 

More information on the new travel policy can be found here: 
https://www.narpo.org/narpo-travel-insurance/ and will feature in the upcoming issue of NARPO News and New Horizons. 

 

Kind Regards, 

Sophie

 

NOTE FROM WEBMASTER:

The link above will take you to the main NARPO website.  The full article is subject of the GATED WEBSITE ACCESS and will require the member to LOGIN.  Please see the GATED WEBSITE CONTENT article above to locate the password.  If you are reading this item and are not a member of the NARPO Cardiff branch, please contact your branch secretary to ascertain details of the password

04-2023

 

CADET REUNION 2024

Yes we know it's a bit early (12 months away) but it gives you plant of advanced warning.  We have received the below from Nige Brown who is reproduced here in full.

I am organising a 50yr reunion on Friday 18th October 2024 for any ex cadet serving in 1974.

The drink/catch up will be held at the Army Reserve Centre, W Plas Rd, Litchard, Bridgend CF31 1PA or if not available it would be in a function room at a local pub in Bridgend.

If anyone interested can message me or contact me at nigebrown2510@gmail.com thanks very much.

Just to jog some memories the images below are of the 1974 Cadet Intake, Please click on the image to enlarge it.

02-2023

NARPO RULE BOOK

The latest version of the NARPO Rule book has been published and is available on the Wakefield website www.narpo.org

 

or

 

click on the link below: 

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