The High Court has today rejected the challenge brought by the Police Federation of England and Wales and other members of the PNB Staff Side to the Government’s decision to switch the uprating of police pensions from RPI to CPI.
Commenting on the ruling Ian Rennie, General Secretary, said:
“This is a disappointing judgement. Because inflation as measured by CPI tends on the whole to be lower than RPI, the Government’s decision to link police pensions to CPI rather than RPI effectively reduces the value of police pensions and is another kick in the teeth for hard-working, dedicated and professional police officers across the UK.
“On behalf of police officers we took this judicial review to challenge the Government’s decision. Like many other workers, our members are already feeling the squeeze of rising inflation, like workers across the public sector they face the prospect of increasing pension contributions over the next three years, but unlike other workers they also face the prospect of further cuts to their standards of living if the Winsor Review recommendations are implemented.
“The Government’s decision to change the way in which pensions are uprated is just one more unfair change to the conditions of service of police officers.
“It is ironic that in the week in which the courts have upheld the Government’s decision to use CPI as a measure to uprate public service pensions, the Government has set out plans to for increases in fuel duty and rail prices next year which are based on RPI – not the lower CPI. This smacks of double-standards.”