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One-off payments for murdered police officers’ partners

Partners of police officers killed in the line of duty in Northern Ireland are to receive financial support through a new government-funded scheme.

The Police Survivor Support Scheme, which is a UK-wide initiative, will provide a one-off payment of up to £20,000 to assist the partners of deceased officers who have formed a new relationship, thus making them ineligible for their survivor pension.

Announcing the scheme, Security Minister Paul Goggins said it was important to support those who were left behind.

“In Northern Ireland, many brave men and women of the RUC and PSNI have paid the ultimate sacrifice whilst serving their community,” he said.

“The partners of those brave men and women deserve our support and the Police Survivor Support Scheme will provide financial assistance as they continue to rebuild their lives.”

A widow or widower of a police officer with the RUC or PSNI, or a FTR or PTR officer who had their special or augmented pension stopped and who are considered in need of financial assistance may be eligible for a one-off payment through the scheme.

The initiative will be run by the Police Dependents’ Trust (PDT), which has been providing financial support to the families of officers killed on duty for over 40 years.

David French, chief executive of the PDT, gave his backing to the scheme.

“The Trust has been operating since 1966 and we are delighted to work with the Northern Ireland Office to administer the scheme for widows in Northern Ireland,” he said.

“It should also be noted that all those eligible for this scheme should have been registered with us already.

“I hope that many more will be able to access the assistance that the Trust may be able to offer.”

Further details of the scheme and the |criteria for eligibility and applications can be found at www.pdtrustwidows

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