Details on forfeiture of Police pensions since 2013: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/01993    
Date received: 23 July 2018   
Date responded: 16 August 2018
Information requested

From 2013 to the present, please provide:

Every case where you have exercised your powers of pension forfeiture under regulation K5 of the Police Pension Regulations 1987. And if so, please state how much of the pension was forfeited. Please note the reason it was forfeited, if possible.


The powers to exercise forfeiture under Regulation K5 rest with the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), not SPPA or Scottish Ministers.  Although Scottish Ministers must certify the conditions for forfeiture have been met, it is for SPA to determine whether forfeiture should be applied and also the amount to be forfeited.

However, I can confirm that there have been three cases that resulted in forfeiture of pension since 2013. In each case the pension was reduced by 65%. 

The reason for forfeiture of pension can be found in The Police Pensions Regulations (Scotland) 2007, p.35, section 55(4), which is also available on the SPPA website.

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