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Police 1987 pension scheme after changes to Welfare Bill 2001: FOI release

Published: 16 Jan 2019

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

Published:
16 Jan 2019
Police 1987 pension scheme after changes to Welfare Bill 2001: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/18/03702  
Date received: 12 December 2018  
Date responded: 15 January 2019
 
Information requested
 

Information regarding the Police 1987 pension scheme after changes to the Welfare Bill 2001.

Firstly, I would like information regarding credit members and their retirals. Figures for females and figures for males after divorce. 

I would also like information regarding officers retiring early from 1987, how many females and how many male officers.

 

Response
 

1. Information regarding credit members and their retirals. Figures for females and figures for males after divorce. 

We only have data from 1 April 2015, as this was when the SPPA took over formal administration of the Police Pension Schemes.

An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to some of the information requested because it is personal data of a third party and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation and in section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018. This exemption is not subject to the ‘public interest test’, so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. These regulations do not allow for the breakdown of the results to the extent where the anonymity of individuals may be compromised. 

As such, we are unable to give a detailed breakdown of the information you have requested for males because of the small number of pension credit members it may identify individuals concerned. 

The figure for Female credit members from April 2015 after divorce is 44.

 

2. Information regarding officers retiring early from 1987, how many females and how many males.

 No officers retired early from the Police Pension Scheme 1987 because officers are only entitled to retire with a pension upon reaching 25 years’ service or upon reaching age 55.

SPPA records do not distinguish between officers who have opted out from the 1987 scheme and officers who have retired from police service before being entitled to claim their pension. Those officers will have entitlement to a deferred pension payable from age 60 unless the officer is found to be permanently disabled prior to that age.

 

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