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

Rowena Crawford, Richard Disney

NBER Working Paper No. 18479
Issued in October 2012
NBER Program(s):Public Economics

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.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w18479

Published: Reform of Police Pensions in England and Wales, Rowena Crawford, Richard Disney. in Retirement Benefits for State and Local Employees: Designing Pension Plans for the Twenty-First Century, Clark, Rauh, and Duggan. 2014

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