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Reform of police pensions in England and Wales

Journal article | Journal of Public Economics

We analyse pension reforms for police officers in England and Wales using force-level data. We quantify the impact on overall police pension plan liabilities, examining incidence across police officers, national and local taxpayers. We also examine reforms of retirement rules, especially concerning early retirement on grounds of ill-health. Differences in ill-health retirement across forces are statistically related to area-specific stresses of policing and force-specific human resource policies. Reforms in 2006 impacted primarily on the level of ill-health retirement among forces with above-average rates of early retirement. We find that residual differences in post-2006 ill-health retirement rates across forces are related to differential capacities to raise revenue from local property taxes.

This article is available Open Access through generous support from the ESRC.

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This presentation was delivered for a seminar at the College of Policing, Harrogate, on 19 May 2015. It was also given at the Home Office on 23 April 2015 and at the University of Sussex on 20 May 2015.
IFS Working Paper W13/06
We examine ill-health retirement of police officers in England and Wales between 2002-3 and 2009-10.
Journal article | Fiscal Studies - Special Issue: 50th Anniversary of IFS
Since 1995, police forces in England and Wales have been able to raise revenues locally to supplement grants from central government.