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Just thought I'd share my news that I have just retired from the Police Service after 23 years and it feels good.
 

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Thanks mate, been job centre for the first time in my life & because I have a pension that has cost me tens of thousands to pay into and receive a small income from this I'm not entitled to a single penny. Thought I might me entitled to contribution based JSA as I have made contributions non stop for 27 years but I'm not. Never mind mots of the junkies and other wasters I've dealt with over the years will get everything provided,housing, prescriptions, council tax, school lunches, sickness money, carers money and a host of other stuff I don't even know exists and they will have contributed nothing. I'm not bitter though. lol
 

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think thay where called a"labour exchange" back it your day sneeky
bobby double check you tax codes, after my old man retired thay stuck him on a br tax rate basically taxing all income, but he did get a nice rebate after it was sorted

yep its all todo with this govement reform its screwing the system and people are working it for thay can get out of it
 

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Congrats Bobby, I think. If you're being Government screwed, is their any chance of becoming one. Are there any openings in the Prison service. You've put a few away, then you can make sure the dirt bags stay there.
 

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Yes I recall retiring a few years back.....then I had a new timetable worked out by the wife..... how did I ever have time to fit work in??????? enjoy the break while you can Bobby..... how far away is Merry Hill Centre from you ????
... reckon she'll have you there a few times !!!!! lol.
 

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Rebus I'm in the Midlands, enjoying my time so far, got 4 kids so no time to rest etc....ranging from 9 years to 12 months. Finished late November & I'm not missing things one bit. The job has gone wrong recently, very wrong with the Winsor review it's certainly not a job I want any of my kids to be part of especially with the pay being the way it is and the huge pension contributions you have to pay. The Gvmnt & press etc talk about "gold plated pension pots" & the like & believe you me its not that fantastic & many officers still in the job are opting out & finding alternative investments or paying extra on their mortgage instead of the pension which will be poor to say the least under the new calculations.Good thing is I joined when it was a good job (I don't mean the pay but the excitement). I actually took a reduction in my pay from my previous job when I joined in 1990. When I joined it was the time of ram raiders and TWOC and lots of crazy stuff so going to work certainly you did not know what your next job was going to be.
Will be looking for work in the New Year, don't know what but nothing too stressful and nothing that will harm my already injured spine (thanks to a stolen Vauxhall Belmont ramming me years ago outside the Magistrates Court!) and my dodgy right foot (courtesy of falling downstairs carrying my daughter a few years back and two operations & its still not fixed, third time lucky as more surgery planned for January 2013).
Thanks for the goodwill messages, very nice to be part of this forum and I wish you all a great Christmas and Happy New Year.
 

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Yep Bobby..... I could see you were in the midlands.... my old roots in fact, the only gold plated pensions are had by the MP's...don't get me going about them !!!!!





Hope you have a good Crimbo and a good enjoayble retirement.....how about a security job in the Bull Ring????? Ouch !!! guess you've had enough of that...
 

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lot of ex police either go into private security or into the IT game the worlds your oyster, but with such a young family you no doubt need a good income
 

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rebus/flash22 I have no intentions of doing anything to do with security or any work where there is potential for me to get a kicking. I've had enough of that over the years & prostitutes spitting in my eye etc.I just want a steady number, not chasing any big £££ or anything, have no mortgage or loans and crap like that so want to take it easy after I get my dodgy ankle sorted.
It may be that my wife will just work as she is 34 so a fair bit younger than me and she will be able to use her tax free allowance on earnings which will go up to £9205 from April 1st 2013 where she will pay no tax on this or anything below it.
I was a CAD draughtsman prior to joining the Police for four years but the thought of being stuck at a computer screen in an office does not appeal to me.
Might write a book, just for me for a laugh, had some mad times, seen some horrible and crazy things. My last job in the service was a specialist role for 10 years and that was especially strange.
 

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Why not be an MP ?????? part time.....requires no previous skills.... contribute nothing to anyone other than their own expense sheet....fabulous pension.....no one checks up on you..... trouble is....you've been used to being on the right side of the law for so long....that could be a problem
 

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4 years and 6 days to go until I can leave. Still on a two year pay freeze. Just lost double time for less than five (used to be 8) notice to work on a rest day. Bank holidays gone next year. And every month more than 12% of my wage goes into my pension and it will rise to over13% next year. Serves me right for being a pleb.......enjoy your retirement mate.
 

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Greyrider. Cheers fellow pleb!, finished me on ill health for my ankle & spine, not able to run with a riot shield etc any more. My neck is still knackered & Force GP has suggested I see my neurosurgeon again (no thanks), had surgery in 2007 & still have most of my discs in the wrong place in my neck thanks to the stolen Belmont in 1999!I'm out & glad of it, only paid the increased pension from April to November 2012, all my hard work paying into the pension & I've shot myself in the foot as can' get a penny out of the system as my pension is an income. Only signing on as I get my Class 1 NI contributions paid and not worth getting a job at the mo as surgery in Jan 2013 and will be in plaster for six weeks and unable to drive for about 16 weeks (no doubt my wife will have me boarding the loft out though with the time on my hands).lol
It is a job that is now being systematically destroyed by Winsor &May, the damage they are doing will become clear in a few years time.
As for the pension its far from gold plated, the only good thing about mine is that it is index linked from day 1 as I was medically retired thank goodness.
 

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Better not sneaky, cant see me being very good at getting away.Feel like I've been robbed anyway as the index linking of the pension is in line with the consumer price index and not in line with retail price index. This will be the case for lots of pensions so it means that pensioners are being shafted as the RPI is usually around 1 % higher than the CPI.
As time goes on and inflation increases year on year the value of pensions is not keeping up so the buying power of pensions is reduced.
We (all of us) are being truly shafted by the Government.
 

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Well....I can see the sense in that... you don't want your trunk recognised do you???
.... did you have to queue for long???? the queues in our post office are awful !!!!!
 
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