Retirement Age Campaign Update
Federation meets Treasury and Cabinet Office Officials.
As promised the Federation's Chief Executive Nigel Dennis and Chairman Mark Nelson met senior officials of The Treasury and Cabinet Office on 13th July to press our claim for a normal retirement age of 60.
As before at the meeting with Richard Harrington MP (BEIS Minister with responsibility for the CNC) we were accompanied by the Deputy Chief Constable Simon Chesterman whose presence and contribution at meetings continue to confirm that the Federation, the CNC and the Civil Nuclear Authority are united in the view that our AFOs must retain the normal retirement age of 60. The argument is quite simply put: an NRA of 67/68 under the incoming Alpha Scheme would render the CNC unsustainable. This meeting at the Treasury Offices was arranged in response to two Ministerial letters in February from Mr Harrington to Ms Elisabeth Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury and to Mr Oliver Dowden MP in the Cabinet Office. Ms Truss offered the meeting with officials as an opportunity to explore our arguments in more detail.
The meeting at Whitehall was constructive and as result further meetings are being arranged at official level bringing representatives together from all three Departments (Cabinet Office, the Treasury and BEIS). The Federation remains determined to set out the weight of our arguments. The consequences of the "wrong" decision being taken by Government will cause terminal damage to the CNC's effectiveness in protecting the UK's civil nuclear assets and to public confidence that their everyday lives are protected by our AFOs when called upon to supplement other UK police firearms units against terrorist threat.
We will continue to keep the members advised on progress.