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This section outlines any proposed changes to the Police Scheme in relation to Scotland.

Consultation Procedure Under Section 21 of the Public Service Pensions Act 2013, before making scheme regulations the responsible authority must consult such persons (or representatives of such persons) as appear to the authority likely to be affected by them.

Scottish Ministers are the responsible authority for the Police Pension Scheme (Scotland). The persons Scottish Ministers would expect to consult are detailed in consultation list below.

 

2019

THE POLICE PENSIONS (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) (SCOTLAND) REGULATION 2019 SSI 2019/68 - CONSULTATION SUMMARY REPORT

This summary sets out a response to the consultation on a draft version of the above regulations, which ran from 18 December 2018 to 28 January 2019.
 

2018

The Police Pensions Amendment (Increased Pension Entitlement) (Scotland) Regulations 2018

Views are sought on draft amendment regulations to introduce legislation to provide a scheme award known as Increased Pension Entitlement (IPE) to reflect GMP-related overpayments.

This consultation closed 11 October 2018
 
Draft regulations - The Police Pensions (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2019

The purpose of this letter is to seek the views of police stakeholders on draft amendments to the:
 
  • Police Pension Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2015 ("the 2015 scheme")
  • Police Pensions (Scotland) Regulations 2007 ("the 2006 scheme")

  • Police Pension Scheme 1987 ("the 1987 scheme")

  • Police (Injury Benefit) (Scotland) Regulations 2007

  • Police Pensions (Additional Voluntary Contributions) Regulations 1991 ("the AVC regulations)
This consultation closed on 28 January 2019
 

2017

Draft regulations - The Police Pension Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2017

Views are sought on an additional minor amendment to be included in the above regulations, which were previously subject to consultation between 27 July 2017 and 18 September 2017. The rest of the instrument is unchanged from the previous consultation version.
 

This consultation has ended
Draft regulations - The Police Pension Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2017
 

This consultation has ended

2016

There were no Police Consultations in 2016. 

 

 

2015

Draft regulations amending the Police Pensions Regulations 1987, Police Pensions (Scotland) Regulations 2007, the Police (Injury Benefit) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 and the Police Pensions (Additional Voluntary Contributions) Regulations 1991    
 

This consultation ran from 30th October 2015 to 8th January 2016    
Draft regulations that provide for a protection on the lump sum factors provided for the Police Pension scheme (PPS)  
 


This consultation has now concluded   
Consultation on proposals for implementation of the Scottish Police Pension Scheme with effect from 1st April 2015  
 

This consultation has now concluded

2014

Consultation on draft regulations for Transitional and Consequential changes to finance and wider pensions legislation in relation to the Scottish Police Pension Scheme (Scotland) 2015.

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on the Police Pensions (Consequential Provisions) (Scotland) Regulations 2015 which cover a number of technical changes to over-riding pensions legislation.
 

This consultation ran from 27 November 2014 to 4 January 2015.
Consultation on draft 2015 regulations for Police Pension Schemes in Scotland
 
The 2015 Regulations make provision for the new Police Pension Scheme Scotland due to be implemented with effect from 1st April 2015.
 

This consultation ended 6th January 2015
Consultation on draft regulations for proposed employee increases to the Police Pension Schemes in Scotland

On 5th November in response to a Parliamentary Question the cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney, confirmed the Scottish Government's decision to implement the third annual increment of UK Government proposed employee contribution increases for the Police schemes in Scotland. Below are a copy of draft regulations for proposed increases to employee contribution rates effective from 1st April 2014 for the Police Pension Schemes in Scotland.
 

This consultation has now concluded

2013

Consultation on draft regulations for proposed employee contribution increases to the Police Pension Schemes in Scotland

In a statement to Parliament on 28th November 2012, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney, announced the Scottish Government's decision to implement the second annual increment of UK Government proposed employee contribution increases for the Teachers', NHS, Police and Firefighters' schemes in Scotland. 

Attached is a copy of the consultation on draft regulations for proposed increases to employee contribution rates effective from 1st April 2013 for the Police Pension Schemes in Scotland.
 

This consultation ran from 24th January 2013 to 20th February 2013
  
Consultation on the establishment of the Police Service of Scotland and to enable the implementation of automatic enrolment. 

The Scottish Government published an initial consultation paper in February 2011 seeking views on the future of the police and fire service. A further consultation paper setting out proposals for how the new single Scottish services will work in practice, and seeking views on the detailed legislative provisions to be taken forward to Parliament, was published in September 2011. The Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 was granted Royal Assent on 7th August 2012.

The Pensions Act 2008 introduces a number of new employer duties to give improved access to pension provision.  A key requirement is to automatically enrol eligible jobholders into a qualifying pension scheme.

The Police Service of Scotland and Automatic Enrolment  are effective from 1st April 2013.

Following these changes the draft regulations that will provide for the establishment of the single authority and the implementation of automatic enrolment to be applied from 1st April 2013 have now been prepared.

The attached consultation provides a copy of those draft regulations which are issued for consultation and comment.  
 

This consultation ran from 29th November 2012 to 21st February 2013

 

 

2012

Consultation on the establishment of the Police Service of Scotland and to enable the implementation of automatic enrolment. 

The Scottish Government published an initial consultation paper in February 2011 seeking views on the future of the police and fire service.  A further consultation paper setting out proposals for how the new single Scottish services will work in practice, and seeking views on the detailed legislative provisions to be taken forward to Parliament, was published in September 2011.  The Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 was granted Royal Assent on 7th August 2012.

The Pensions Act 2008 introduces a number of new employer duties to give improved access to pension provision.  A key requirement is to automatically enrol eligible jobholders into a qualifying pension scheme.

The Police Service of Scotland and Automatic Enrolment  are effective from 1st April 2013. Following these changes the draft regulations that will provide for the establishment of the single authority and the implementation of automatic enrolment to be applied from 1st April 2013 have now been prepared.

The attached consultation provides a copy of those draft regulations which are issued for consultation and comment. 
 

This consultation period ran from 29th November 2012 to 21st February 2013

 

 

2011

Consultation on Employee Contribution Rate Increases – Draft Amendment Regulations

The Scottish Government recently published a consultation on proposals for potential increases in the level of contributions scheme members will be required to make to the Police Pension Scheme (PPS) and the New Police Pension Scheme (NPPS) in Scotland from 1st April 2012, which ran from 7th October 2011 to 17th November 2011.

Following that consultation the draft regulations that will provide for the increased contributions to be applied from April 2012 have now been prepared.

The attached consultation provides a copy of those draft regulations which are issued for consultation and comment.
 


All of the responses received were considered alongside all other available evidence and amendment regulations are now in force bringing the agreed increases in employee contribution rates into effect from 1st April 2012. In setting the levels of employee contributions, Scottish Ministers have taken into account the need to protect the lower paid, minimising the risk of opt outs from the scheme and ensuring that the additonal burdens fall on those with the greatest ability to meet them.  

This consultation ended on 3rd February 2012.
Consultation on proposed increases to employee contribution rates effective from April 2012

In his address to Parliament on 21st September on the Scottish Spending Review 2011, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney, announced the Scottish Government's decision to reluctantly apply employee contribution increases for the NHS, Teachers', Police and Firefighters' schemes in Scotland.

Attached is a copy of the consultation on proposed increases to employee contribution rates effective from April 2012 for the Police Pension schemes in Scotland.
 
 

This consultation ended on 17 November 2011

 

 

 

2010

The Police Pension (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 

These Regulations amend the PPS, NPPS  and the Police (Injury Benefit) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 as follows: to allow service with the Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency (SCDEA) to be reckonable for pension purposes; to recognise relevant appointments with the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA); more clearly reflects that a constable of a home force on temporary service under 12A(2) of the Police (Scotland) Act 1967 retains membership of their police pension scheme while on such temporary service (this would include fixed term appointments with Europol). a change to Part 2 of Schedule 2 of the Police Pensions (Scotland) Regulations 2007 to ensure that members who transfer out PPS service do not gain more “head room” for building up service in the New Police Pension Scheme (NPPS) than if they had not reduced their service in PPS; a technical amendment in relation to the Retail Price Index and a small amendment to the Police Pension Account Regulations 2010 in order to include SCDEA and SPSA in the definition. 
 

The Consultation period ran from 26th November 2010 to 14th January 2011  
Police Pension (Additional Voluntary Contributions) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2010

This consultation included a draft of the Police Pension (Additional Voluntary Contributions) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2010 which advise on the proposed closure of the Additional voluntary Contribution scheme.  A copy of the consultation documents can be accessed via the links below:
 


The Consultation period ran from 4th August to 25th August 2010
Police Pension Account (Scotland) Regulations 2010
 
This consultation included a draft of the Police Pension Account (Scotland) Regulations 2010 which introduce the legislative basis for the new financing system for police pensions being introduced from 1st April 2010.  A copy of the consultation documents can be accessed via the links below:
 

The Consultation period ran from 18th March to 28th April 2010

 

 

2009

Police (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 

Consultation papers included a draft of the Police (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2010.  One of the proposals, concerning an amendment to regulation B1 and covered in the attached draft under Schedule 3, we are working to have in force no later than 28th March 2010. This has required a shorter consultation period than normal.   A copy of the consultation documents can be accessed via the links below:
 

The Consultation period ran from 31st December 2009 to 19th January 2010
Police Pension Scheme Amendment (Increased Pension Entitlement)(Scotland) Regulations 2009

Consultation papers were issued on 18th December which included the final draft of the Police Pension Scheme Amendment (Increased Pension Entitlement)(Scotland) Regulations 2009.
 

The Consultation period ran from 18th December 2008 to 12th February 2009

 

 

2008

Proposed reform of the Police Injury Benefits System 

At the England and Wales Police Federation conference in May, the Home Secretary announced her intention to launch a consultation exercise on the review of the police injury awards scheme this summer.  Following discussions with Scottish Ministers it was agreed that the most practical approach would be to undertake this consultation on a UK wide basis. The main objective of this review of police injury awards is to ensure there is a system that is appropriate to the needs of modern policing and recognises the demanding and often dangerous roles that officers carry out so that help can be effectively targeted where most needed. 

It is important to note that these proposals will affect officers serving at the time of implementation, whether or not they have already sustained an injury. The changes will not affect officers who have already retired at the point the changes are implemented.  They will still be dealt with under the system as it currently stands, even if they have not yet applied for an award. 

The Consultation period ran from 25th August to 18th November 2008
Police Pensions (Amendment)(Scotland) Regulations 2008

The principal reason for the amendments is to provide pension scheme cover to specified members of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and introduce formally the revised compulsory retirement ages introduced from 1st October 2006.  Consultation documents can be accessed below.
 


The Consultation period ran from 30th June to 11th August 2008

 

 

2007

There were no Police Consultations in 2007.

 

2006

New Police Pension Scheme Regulations for Scotland 2006

The consultation documents can be accessed below:  
 

The Consultation period ran from 9th November to 7th December 2006

 

 

2005

New Police Pension Scheme Consultation Period 25th July to 14th October 2005

Details are no longer available.
Proposed amendment to the Police Pension Regulations 1987

Consultation papers were circulated to amend the Police Pensions Regulations 1987 with a view to make the scheme more equitable to part-time members.  The consultation documents can be accessed below:
 

The Consultation Period was from 10th June to 22nd July 2005
Disability Discrimination Act 1995

A consultation paper was circulated to amend the Police Pensions Regulations 1987 with a view to bringinging the Police Service further within the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. 

The consultation document can be accessed below:

The Consultation period was from 5th October to 16th November 2004

 

 

 

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