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The following has been received from Mr Steve Edwards (NARPO Chief Executive):-
 
HRH The Princess Royal has very kindly agreed to be our Patron in our Centenary year of 2019.
 
The Patronage will be for 2019 only and I would add that NARPO is extremely proud and delighted to have secured Royal Patronage as NARPO celebrate its Centenary.
 
Planning is well underway for our Centenary events which include a Centenary Dinner at The Tower of London on Thursday 13th June 2019 and Branches have already been informed of ticketing details.
 
Further information regarding our Centenary events can be found on our website at:  
 
 
This page will be updated as and when further details and information become available.

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The following has been posted on the NARPO HQ website:-
 
Were you a serving officer in 1972 or 1990? If so you will have been given the opportunity to uprate your widow[er] pension.
 
We (NARPO HQ) have recently been made aware of an issue in relation to the inadequate retention of important pension records around the election made by Officers in 1972, when an option was given to uprate their widows pension entitlement from a third to a half.
 
The issue initially arose where a NARPO member died and told his wife before he died to make sure she received the half–rate pension as he had decided to uprate. The Pension Authority could find no records relating to the officer’s pension in 1972 and as a result made the decision that they would only pay the widows pension at the rate of a third. The officer in question had transferred from another Force and it would appear that his pension record was not transferred over with him. The widow was adamant, but nevertheless the Pension Authority refused to uprate the pension despite their being no record whatsoever covering his previous service.
 
Owing to the widows’ persistence and with assistance from our local NARPO Branch, the widow managed to find her late husband’s records in a separate location. That file contained a form signed by her husband in 1973 showing that he had elected to increase the widow pension entitlement through reduction in his own pension.
 
In correspondence with the Force concerned they have confirmed that in the absence of any records being found from 1972 they would automatically pay the widows pension at the rate of a third.
 
This record keeping issue could also affect those female officers serving in 1990, when an opportunity was given for them to ‘buy back’ previous service so that it attracted a half rate widower’s pension. This should be recorded on their pension records. Make sure your loved one receives the pension to which they are entitled.
 
YOU ARE ADVISED TO CONTACT YOUR PENSION ADMINISTRATOR TO MAKE SURE THEY STILL HAVE A RECORD OF YOUR ELECTION www.narpo.org/find-pension-administrator
More than a million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member.
 
Contrary to what many people think, loneliness is not a normal part of ageing. It not only makes life miserable, but also it can have a serious impact on your physical and mental health too. Unless we act, our rapidly ageing population means we’ll see ever greater numbers of lonely older people and, because loneliness undermines resilience, this means more pressure on our already stretched NHS and social care services.
 
You can get part of your application fee back if you applied to register a power attorney from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017. This applies to lasting powers of attorney (LPA) and enduring powers of attorney (EPA). You can only claim a refund if you made the power of attorney in England or Wales.
 
The following has been received from NARPO HQ:-
 
There appears to some uncertainty regarding the widows pension entitlement.
 
For clarity prior to April 1972 widows pension entitlement was a third. The Police Pension Regulations changed in 1972 and Pension Contributions increased to 7% which increased the widows entitlement to a half.
 
The Regulations allowed those in service prior to 1st April 1972 to enhance their pre-April 1972 widows entitlement to a half at a cost. At that time officers were given a time limited opportunity to upgrade pre-1972 service for the purpose of their widows pensions. To achieve this upgrade of earlier years, three options were offered; the payment of a lump sum, additional contributions from pay until the end of service or payment from the future police pension. Not all officers took the option to 'buy' back service.
 
Anyone who joined after April 1972 will automatically leave a half rate widows pension. Anyone with service prior to April 1972 and continuing to serve, will either leave a half [if they chose to uprate] or a mixture of a third for service prior to April 1972 and a half for the period after 1972. The election was effectively to ‘buy back’ previous service pre-April 1972, to attract a half rate widows pension.
 
Reports received from Action Fraud of DPP that residents are being targeted by fraudsters claiming to be from BT saying that there is a problem with their internet connection. BT will never ask for remote access to your computer or access your online banking.
 
 
DATES FOR THE DIARY 2018
 
NB Carmarthen Coffee Mornings are held at The Falcon Hotel, Lammas Street.
 
Llanelli events are held at The Thomas Arms, Thomas Street, Llanelli.
 
Ammanford events are held in April & October at Tycroes RFC (dates to be notified)
 
Aberystwyth hold social events every Wednesday throughout the year.
Did you know you may be entitled to a tax break called the marriage tax allowance? The marriage tax allowance is a little known way for couples to transfer a proportion of their personal allowance (the amount you can earn tax-free each tax year) between them.
 
HOW IT WORKS
 
Marriage Allowance lets you transfer £1,150 of your Personal Allowance to your husband, wife or civil partner - if they earn more than you.
 
This reduces their tax by up to £230 in the tax year (6 April to 5 April the next year).
 
To benefit as a couple, you (as the lower earner) must have an income of £11,500 or less. You can calculate how much tax you’ll pay as a couple.
 
WHO CAN APPLY?
 
You can get Marriage Allowance if all the following apply:-
 
  • You’re married or in a civil partnership
  • You don’t earn anything or your income is £11,500 or less
  • Your partner’s income is between £11,501 and £45,000 (or £43,000 if you’re in Scotland)
 
For more information and to apply online click on: https://www.gov.uk/marriage-allowance
 
You can backdate your claim to include any tax year since 5 April 2015 that you were eligible for Marriage Allowance.
 
N.B. You don't need to reapply if you got the marriage tax allowance last year.
NATIONAL POLICE MEMORIAL DAY 2017
 
The annual National Police Memorial Day Service is held in each of the four countries which make up the United Kingdom, in alternate years. The 2017 event was held at St David’s Hall in Cardiff on Sunday 24th September. NARPO Chairman, Phil Hopkins and his wife Gill were privileged to represent the Dyfed-Powys Branch of NARPO and Phil has compiled the following article containing recollections of what was an emotional afternoon.
 
NATIONAL POLICE MEMORIAL DAY 2017
 
A  proud Phil with his wife Gill at St. David's Hall
 
The afternoon commenced with the band of the South Wales Police and Corps of Drums marching through the city centre and into St David’s Hall through a guard of honour formed by representatives of most of (if not all) the police forces in the country.  We also saw a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as part of the guard. The rain which had threatened had held off until this point then started, so we went into St David’s Hall before the fly past by the National Police Air Service.
 
Before the service started, we were treated to a programme of music by the band and also members of the National Police Orchestra, conducted by John Morgan, a retired Dyfed Powys officer.
 
NATIONAL POLICE MEMORIAL DAY 2017
 
South Wales Police Band on parade led by standard bearers carrying the Union and Welsh flags
 
The Lord Mayor of Cardiff opened the service and the Book of Remembrance (provided by The Police Roll of Honour Trust) was carried by a serving officer from Police Scotland and dedicated by the Chair of Police Chaplaincy UK.  All serving officers in the congregation were then asked to stand and reaffirm their oath of allegiance by Chief Constable Sara Thornton, the Chair of the national Police Chief’s Council. Every rank was represented, from Constable through to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner.  At this point I felt extreme pride to be among such personnel and to have had the privilege of serving my force for almost thirty four years.
 
NATIONAL POLICE MEMORIAL DAY 2017
 
The scene inside St. Davids Hall during the memorial service
 
The service continued and there were other connections to the Dyfed-Powys area. Llanelli Male Voice Choir performed musical items and the address was given by the Dyfed-Powys Police Chaplain, the Reverend Tom Evans.  Parts of the proceedings were very emotional – four people came up onto the stage, representing the police forces of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and lit a candle in memory of officers from each of the four countries who had passed away on duty. The Welsh representative was a serving police officer from Gwent, PC Lowri Davies, whose father had been knocked of his bicycle by a stolen car whilst cycling home after his tour of duty in 1990.
 
NATIONAL POLICE MEMORIAL DAY 2017
 
The six officers who had died on duty since last year’s memorial service were then remembered, including Keith Palmer, murdered outside the House of Commons earlier this year. Another officer, PC Gareth Browning, from the Thames Valley Police, died less than two weeks later, from injuries received when he was hit by a stolen car whilst deploying a stinger device in an effort to stop the vehicle, the incident occurring in November 2013.
 
At the end of this part of the service the Last Post was sounded by John Morgan on the trumpet. Reminiscent of The Royal Albert Hall at the Service for Remembrance Day, petals fell from the ceiling representing all those who have died, before the Reveille was sounded.
 
The service continued with readings and prayers, from Steve White, the Chair of the Police Federation, Mr Peter Vaughan the Chief Constable of South Wales, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Wales and the Anglican Archbishop of Wales.
 
The service ended with the singing of the two National Anthems – both sung with fervour.
 
I mentioned the emotions which welled through me at different points of the service. There was pride when all my ex colleagues reaffirmed their oath of allegiance, relief for all officers who return home safely at the end of a shift, deep sorrow for the loved ones of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, especially those who were present at St David’s Hall and further pride that the whole event, planned and carried out with precision planning took place in my home country.