Belfast Telegraph

Police widows' pensions reinstated

By Claire Williamson

Police widows in Northern Ireland who had their pensions stopped when they remarried are to get it reinstated, the Policing Board has announced.

The change will apply to widows or widowers whose late spouses died in service from January 1, 1989 and those who retired on or after that date and subsequently died.

The Policing Board in its role as the police pension scheme administrator is responsible for providing information about benefits to scheme members.

Justice Minister David Ford said the reinstatement cost was not yet known.

This reverses the policy introduced under the terms of the Royal Ulster Constabulary pension regulations that abolished RUC pensions for widowed partners who remarried.

Now, from July 1, 2014, widows whose widows' pension ceased on remarriage under the RUC pension regulations 1988 will have their widow's pension reinstated.

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