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Reform of ill-health retirement of police in England and Wales: impact on pension liabilities and the role of local finance

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  • Rowena Crawford

    () (Institute for Fiscal Studies and Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Richard Disney

    () (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University of Sussex)

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We examine ill-health retirement of police officers in England and Wales between 2002-3 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 pensions plans- in particular a shift in the incidence of financing ill-health retirement from central government to local police authorities- impacted on the level of ill-health retirement, especially among 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. We quantify the impact of these reforms on overal pension plan liabilities.

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  • Rowena Crawford & Richard Disney, 2013. "Reform of ill-health retirement of police in England and Wales: impact on pension liabilities and the role of local finance," IFS Working Papers W13/06, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:ifs:ifsewp:13/06
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    Keywords

    Police pensions; ill-health retirement; state and local finance;

    JEL classification:

    • H75 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies
    • J45 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Public Sector Labor Markets

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