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NARPO are pleased to note that they have now received a response from the Treasury in which they confirm that the Government accept the determination in full - not only in relation to Mr Milne but also in relation to the other individuals potentially affected by the determination. 
 
The Treasury also confirm that Police and Firefighter Pension Scheme  Administrators are now working to identify affected individuals and will ensure that payments are made as soon as possible.
 
NARPO are encouraging Members to be patient in this matter and not overburden Administrators with queries at this stage allowing them to get on with the task in hand as quickly as possible without distraction.
A copy of the letter can be viewed by clicking HERE
Following the publication of the Pension Ombudsman’s Determination into his investigation of a complaint of maladministration by the Government Actuary’s Department failure to regularly review police and fire-fighters pension commutation factors NARPO have received a high volume of enquiry about the outcome and implications for individual members of that determination.
 
The below link gives a brief history of the complaint and addresses, in particular, the question of further complaint about historic commutation factors. The views expressed in the document, in particular about further complaint, are based on comments made by the Ombudsman in his determination. 
To view the document click HERE
Please note that Clive is receiving queries regarding the recent decision by the Ombudsman in relation to the Commutation Factor Dispute.  At present there is nothing to add to the information that can be found on the national NARPO website www.narpo.org as this contains the most up to date information.
 
Therefore, for those that may be affected by the decision, it is suggested that you keep an eye on the NARPO website for any updates.
 
The following email dated 18th May 2015, has been received from Clive in relation to the ongoing Commutation Factor Dispute:
 
I have received requests for a plain English version of the Commutation update sent out earlier, the ombudsman’s decision is based on one case, there is still scope for an appeal and the figures are as yet unknown.  I will keep you updated but below is a précis of the information received from NARPO HQ:
 
If you retired before 1st December 2001, you will not be receiving any payments as the Ombudsman has decided that the factors introduced in 1998 were sufficient.  Those retiring after 1st December 2006 will not be receiving any payments as the factors were revised as from 1st December 2006 (as a result of a successful legal case by the police Federation).
 
The applicable dates are for those retiring between 1st December 2001 and 30th November 2006 may be receiving payments based on the revised figures to be provided as of 1st December 2004.  As yet NARPO HQ have not had sight of the new factors produced by GAD (Government Actuaries Department) so are unable to indicate what this means in real terms to those so affected.
 
NARPO HQ will bring pressure to bear if required, on the Home Office and Forces to bring a swift conclusion to this matter with the minimum of fuss for our members and at this stage we are hopeful that the payments will be automatic without the need for individual complaints. It is hoped that this helps to answer any queries you may have.
The Pensions Ombudsman Service has issued the following statement:
 
We have now received responses from the parties to the provisional decision that we issued earlier in March on the lead case we are investigating, and are now in the process of assessing them. We believe that we now have all the information we need to make a final determination and we expect to publish it in May.
 
Some people have asked if the publication of the Ombudsman’s findings has been delayed to wait for the outcome of the general election. The answer is “no”. In making decisions we are completely independent of government and party politics. We have not discussed the issue with politicians of any party, nor have they tried to discuss it with us.
 
Others have asked whether the fact that the present Ombudsman, Tony King, ends his time in office in a few weeks is likely to cause any further delay.  Tony King has every expectation of being able to complete the case before he stands down.
 
Finally, when the determination is made public, we intend to publish guidance on what action, if any, other retired police officers and firefighters who may be affected by the same issue need to take.
Dear all, I have received a call this morning from a gentleman in Cornwall who earlier this year bought an old motor cycle in Swansea, this bike is in need of major restoration and on researching its early life it appears it is not a civilian machine but an ex Dyfed-Powys police bike, he has obtained some details and has asked if I would circulate this to see if anyone remembers it (or any others in the same batch) and can give any information as to its history or original equipment, colour, (Believed to be White) badging or if any photographs exist he would be very grateful, so that he can restore it back to as near original as possible for Show purposes.
Clive Cowey, NARPO Secretary/Treasurer
 
The machine is a 250cc BSA Fleetstar, supplied by a Carmarthen Dealer and registered new on 01/08/1968 with the number KBX 158G. As Dyfed-Powys only came into being on 1st April that year it must be one of the first vehicles purchased by the ‘new’ force.
 
If you have any information, please send it on to me and I will forward it on to the new owner so he
can restore a bit of our force history. Thank you.
 
Clive Cowey, NARPO Secretary/Treasurer,
Beware of this now quite widespread Scam (see below) - Be on your guard, don't let it happen to you!
 
NOTE: If it's already too late and you have allowed access to your Pc, then it's best, for peace
of mind to have your computer wiped and the Operating System re-installed. Otherwise, it's likely
that malicious software will continue to be used from another source, to extract confidential details!
 
Telephone Computer Fraud
Appropriate adults needed - We are keen to recruit both paid staff and volunteers to act as Appropriate Adults and would value applications from individuals who have experience of the criminal justice system and/or supporting vulnerable adults. Full accredited training is provided. Many thanks for taking time to read this e mail. I look forward to hearing from you and your members (particularly those who reside within 1 hour travel time of any of the South Wales police Stations) Click here to view more information...
 
Regards
 
Penny Cram
 
Criminal Justice Lead officer, Hafal, Neath. West Glam.
Watch Out For This Scam!  Police say that the gang usually is comprised of four members, one adult and three younger ones. While the three younger ones, all appearing sweet and innocent, divert their 'mark' (or intended target) with a show of friendliness, the fourth - the eldest -- sneaks in from behind the person's back to expertly rifle through his or her pockets and purses or bags for any valuables being carried.
 
The picture below, caught on CCTV cameras, show the gang in operation.
 
Watch Out For This Scam!

Email Scam - Watch out for emails claiming to be from DVLA asking you to verify your driving licence details via an online link – it's a scam. DVLA has not sent any such email, so if you get one delete it immediately.  Full details here...   3rd July