Reform of Ill-Health Retirement Benefits for Police in England and Wales: The Roles of National Policy and Local Finance

31 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2012

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Rowena Crawford

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

Richard F. Disney

University of Nottingham; Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); Axia Economics

Date Written: October 2012

Abstract

We examine the ill-health retirement of police officers in the forces of England and Wales between 2002-03 and 2009-10. Differences in ill-health retirement rates across forces are statistically related to area-specific stresses of policing and force-specific differences in human resources policies. Reforms to police pension plans - in particular a shift in the incidence of financing ill-health retirement from central government to local police authorities - occurred in the mid-2000s. We show these measures impacted on the level of ill-health retirement, especially on forces with above-average rates of retirement. We find that residual differences in post-2006 ill-health retirement rates across forces are related to their differential capacities to raise revenue from local property taxes.

Suggested Citation

Crawford, Rowena and Disney, Richard F., Reform of Ill-Health Retirement Benefits for Police in England and Wales: The Roles of National Policy and Local Finance (October 2012). NBER Working Paper No. w18479, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2164603

Rowena Crawford (Contact Author)

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Richard F. Disney

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