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Rowena Crawford

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October 2012Reform of Ill-health Retirement Benefits for Police in England and Wales: The roles of National Policy and Local Finance
with Richard Disney: w18479
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.
August 2012Reform of Police Pensions in England and Wales
with Richard Disney
in Retirement Benefits for State and Local Employees: Designing Pension Plans for the Twenty-First Century, Robert Clark, Joshua Rauh, and Mark Duggan, editors
 
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