Eastbourne & Willingdon MP, Stephen Lloyd, is leading the call for a change in the law to restore police survivors’ pensions for those who became widowed before 2006 but remarried before 2015.
Under the Police Pension Scheme 1987, widow(er)s and civil partners of police officers killed on duty are entitled to a pension payable for life. However, this pension is removed if the survivor remarries. Since a change introduced in 2006, survivors are entitled to a pension payable for life whether they remarry or not, but this only applies if the police officer died in 2006 or later.
The Lib Dem Work & Pensions spokesperson Stephen Lloyd has tabled a motion calling on the Government to review the arrangements to ‘ensure parity and fairness with police widows and widowers in all parts of the UK, as a matter of urgency’,
Stephen Lloyd MP said, “I was contacted by a long-serving former Eastbourne police officer who highlighted this injustice and I promised to press the issue if re-elected which is what I am now doing."
He added, “During the Coalition Government, the Lib Dems partially removed the discrepancy and ensured that widow(er)s of police officers and firefighters who changed relationship status after 1 April 2015, would be entitled to keep their survivors’ pension. It is now time for this Government to extend the provision to all those who remarried before 2015.”