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News from Cardiff Narpo - Volunteer patients wanted
Cardiff University are looking for Volunteer Patients who are prepared to come to the University Hospital of Wales Cardiff, to tell their story and be examined by students to ensure they have the skills to become a great doctor.

Patients are often very knowledgeable about their condition and this is invaluable when helping medical students to gain a better understanding from the patient’s perspective. People with a range of long term health conditions, as well as health volunteers, are needed.

If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Patient (VP) Then please visit the NEWSHEADLINES page under the Welcome Menu of our website where you will find more information and points of contact etc.

Free Wills Month - March
Martin Lewis website just sent me some information about FREE, yes I said Free, Will drafting service.
So many people I have come across have not made wills, which leaves a big mess for the surviving partner/siblings. Just stop a moment and think; it could save so much hassle after you have gone!

For more information and a direct link to the MSE website please go to the News Headlines page under the
Welcome menu of our website

98ER's Campaign ends
For almost 3 yaers we have updated our members with the continuing fight for pension equality undertaken by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). In fact a large number of retired Police Officers actually saw their pensions increase and received a lump sum based on the outcome of the fight.

The FBU continued the fight even further trying to get the date of implementation pushed back to 1998, hence the 98ER's campaign, but after launching a number of appeals and several challenges the Pensions Ombudsman Service have issued their final judgement in that they will not undertake to push the date back further.

As a result of this the 98 ER's Campaign has been concluded by the FBU. I am sure that all those officers that benefited from the eallier campaigns are eternally grateful to them for their determination to seek justice for their members which ultimately benefited the Police service as a whole.

The 98ER's campaign page on our website will remain in situ for a few months in case any officer wishes to peruse the information after which time the entire page will be deleted.

Paul Bryant
Cardiff Narpo
16th March

Important pension news from Narpo HQ
Prior to April 1972 widow’s pension entitlement was a third.
The Police Pension Regulations changed in 1972 and Pension Contributions increased to 7% which increased the widow’s entitlement to a half. The Regulations allowed those in service prior to 1st April 1972 to enhance their pre April 1972 widow’s entitlement to a half at a cost. At that time officers were given a time limited opportunity to upgrade pre 1972 service for the purpose of their widow’s pensions.

In order to achieve this upgrade of earlier years, three options were offered; the payment of a lump sum, additional contributions from pay until the end of service or payment from the future police pension. Not all officers took the option to 'buy' back service.

Anyone who joined after April 1972 will automatically leave a half rate widows pension. Anyone with service prior to April 1972 and continuing to serve will either leave a half [if they chose to uprate] or a mixture of a third for service prior to April 1972 and a half for the period after 1972.

This advice arose from a situation where a Narpo member had transferred Forces but his election to uprate his widow’s pension had not been sent to his new Force so initially his widow was awarded a 1/3rd Pension erroneously.
If you have any doubts about your personal situation, contact Capita –tel 0300 200 3300 who will clarify the position Many of our Branch have already done this and found Capita very cooperative.

Website/Newsletters by Email - our rolling programme on this is progressing well but it is vital that we have your correct email addresses. If you are not yet receiving your copy of the news letter by Email only and you wish to change to that method, then send Phil Taylor an Email to and he will arrange it. This saves us postage costs and gives you a much better presentation in colour etc.

Our rolling programme continues its onward march and we appreciate your cooperation. The Branch funds are now benefitting as a result. All e mails are sent via BCC (Blind copy) so that members e-mail details will not be shown on any one else’s e-mail, thus protecting their privacy. If you are receiving the Newsletter by Email and by post could you please contact Phil Taylor to let him know that you are content to receive the e mail copy only?

New Members - Welcome to: Will Rees, Jayne James, Gavin Williams, Nick Davies, Nicola Anderson, Betty Jones, Michael Crocker, Jayne Evans, Kath Pritchard and at long last Terry Williams.

Bereavements Condolences to to the families of David Griffiths, Ann Humphreys, Ernest Sanger, Marlene Williams, Shirley Hamer, Aubrey Oliver, Bob Aspell, Jeff Stephens, Jean Evans, Barbara White, Dick Phillips and non members Geoff Richards and Dennis Ready.

Ill HealthIll Health - 16th March 2018

Get well soon to - Malcolm Humphreys, Grey Phillips, Dave Brewer, Brian Jones, Rodney Williams,
Pat Morgan, Jenny Troake, Neville Jones and Alex Norman.


Special Birthday

Congratulations to those with Special Birthdays in the coming months; Vilma Williams -Andrew Jones -Malcolm Mages - Peter Morris -Pauline Williams - Gerald Samuel -Steve Drewson - Elizabeth Hughes - Cheryl Taylor - Gerwyn Parry - Ritchie Jones - Will Thomas, John Wemyss -Clive Evans - Pearl Michael and David Owen.

Also, Diamond Wedding wishes to Pearl and Siriol Michael.

Committee next meeting will be on Mon 30th April 2018. Please contact any Committee Member or the Secretary Phil Taylor on Tel: 01792 842378 or email to let us know if you want any issue raised.

Thank You for your interest during 2017 a year in which our Swansea Branch Membership has reached an all-time high of 544 which obviously increases our administrative workload but we do not mind that as it is encouraging for us to know that the interest is there and the Branch has a secure future.

Social Matters - Again thanks to those of you who support our various functions -

Newsletters/Emails (Spring 2018) This is the first issue to be hard printed in colour and this should be repeated at least throughout 2018. For those who opt for email versions it is vital that we have your correct email addresses.
Many of you will be aware that Narpo HQ at Wakefield have enhanced their computer whereby multiple emails e.g. Newsletter or matters that affect the whole membership can be sent directly from them – an example is the item on Pensions. There were teething problems with this new system – mainly members with a British Telecom email address were receiving the same message repeatedly for a few days. This has now been resolved.

Communication via computers are now part and parcel of everyday life so it is essential that we have your current email address - if you have doubts on any of this then please contact our Sec Phil Taylor by e mail on

Website appeal - Our Website continues to flourish, is well visited and complemented by our Facebook page 'Swansea Narpo'. We are confident though there must be many photographs and interesting/amusing anecdotes from 'your time in the job'. So, please do feel free to contribute and get in touch - you can of course remain anonymous if you so wish! We also welcome any suggestions you may have for improving 'your' website.

Difficulty opening our Newsletters - We are aware that some of you may still be experiencing problems when opening Newsletters. The Newsletter is created using Microsoft Word but not everyone has this program installed, so to get around this issue, the document is sent out as a PDF file which can then be opened and read using the FREE program Adobe Acrobat Reader. Be very careful though when about to install because the 'optional offer' boxes are already ticked. To disable, just untick the 2 boxes before installing. We hope this clarifies things but of course should you have further questions then please feel free to contact us.

Jeff Davies
Website Officer

Travel Services Offered - Hi, my name is Christina and I’m a Travel Counsellor In my ‘former life’ I was a Police Officer for 13 years in South Wales. In 2014, my husband Andy retired from South Wales Police and we bought a round the world ticket and went exploring for a year. On our return, we decided I should set up my own business doing what I love and bought a franchise in Travel Counsellors.
You can read about all I have offer right here...
8th Feb 2017


Facebook Remember, for up to date news between Newsletters just log in to our website at or/and for those of you on Facebook, we also have our very own Facebook page. If you are not already a member and wish to join, please send a request.

Now for the 'boring small print' - It's a closed group and we have the following ground rules:

Our ground rules - This Facebook page is open for all to view, Membership is restricted to retired and serving officers, and support staff, their relatives, close friends, and any member of the greater Police family. It aims to keep us all in touch with each other and to share news, views and events. Please keep it light-hearted. Any unsuitable comments/derogatory/character assassinations etc will be deleted.

Friends can only add new members with Admin approval. We have already had several requests from people wishing to become members who have been unable to justify their connection to the Police family, and they have been rejected. Also, please, no business advertising is allowed; there are already opportunities on our website to advertise for a small cost, on an annual basis which includes an entry in our quarterly newsletter.

If you are a member please do not hesitate to post any news, events or anecdotes that you would like to share with ex colleagues. We also welcome photographs for this Facebook page and our website, helping to keep everything fresh and interesting. Thank you all for your support and submitions to date. It's very much appreciated, thank you.

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