Police widow pensions to be reinstated

Police widow pensions to be reinstated

Police widows whose pensions were stopped upon remarriage are to have the payments reinstated.

The Policing Board said it will apply in cases where the widow or widower's spouse died in service from 1 January 1989, and those who retired on or after that date and subsequently died. The payment had been halted under Royal Ulster Constabulary Pension Regulations in 1988.The Policing Board, which as Police Pension Scheme Administrator is responsible for providing information about benefits to scheme members, announced the move on Friday.It said the pensions will be reinstated from 1 July 2014 and asked anyone who believes that they have an entitlement as a result of the change to get in touch.Notice of the change is being placed in newspapers and online in a bid to raise awareness.A spokesperson added: "The Department of Justice is planning to explore the possibility of extending this provision to pre-1988 Royal Ulster Constabulary pension schemes. "Widows whose pension award was similarly terminated under the rules of either the RUC Pension Regulations 1973 or the RUC Pension Regulations 1949 are also asked to register an interest with the PSNI Pensions Branch given that the Department of Justice is exploring the possibility of extending this provision to these widows."

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