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DEVON AND CORNWALL CONSTABULARY COMPASSIONATE FUND

NOTICE: is hereby given that the Fifty-second Annual General Meeting of the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary Widows’, Orphans’ and Compassionate Fund will be held at the Devon Motel, Old Matford Lane Marsh Barton, Exeter. EX2 8XU commencing at 12.30hrs on Monday 8th July 2019.

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OVER 70’S FREE MEMBERSHIP – RULE ABOLISHED

Dear Members

The Trustees met on the 2nd of July 2018, at the Annual General Meeting.

After consultation with the Trustees and NARPO, it has been agreed at the Annual General Meeting held on the 2nd of July 2018, that Free Membership to members reaching the age of 70 years be abolished forthwith.   

 The decision to remove this rule, was taken so that we ensure that we have a robust and lawful procedure which allows us keep in contact with our Members, via the monthly payments information we receive from your Pension and the Pension provider - KIER. 

 Under new legislation which deals with personal data, the Charity is no longer able to make enquiries with the Pension service, in respect of 'Free members'.  In turn, KIER are unable to pass us details of reported deaths, unless they can identify the person as a member of our Fund.   This has led to situations whereby a member has passed away, without the knowledge of the Fund.  There has then been a delay in their partner being contacted, and advised of their right to make an application to be considered for the Lump Sum Grant of up to £6000.

Members who are currently on 'Free Membership' are requested to submit their current contact information to the Fund Administrator, either in writing or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

Once we have all of the updated information submitted into our Membership database, we will contact all 'over 70 Free’ Members and ask them to complete a form, to re start their monthly contributions, and where agreed, allow us to reclaim Gift Aid tax relief on these donations. 

Those Members who decline to restart payments or decline to return the completed form, will unfortunately forego their membership rights once the review has been completed.     We seek to avoid this situation, and if any Member is concerned that they will be unable to afford the monthly cost of £3.30 then we advise them to contact the Administrator to discuss their situation as alternative measures may be available to members who are in financial need. 

We appreciate this change in the rules may be unpopular, but we would take this opportunity to reassure you that we have acted in the best interests of all of our Members and their families.   We must ensure that we can ‘track and trace’ all of our Members and their partners through Salary or Pensions, especially at the time when the 'worst' happens

In 2017 we awarded in excess of £300,000 in Grants to Serving and Retired Officers, their widowed partners and dependent Children.   We want to continue providing this service in a timely manner, especially in respect of the Lump Sum Grant to our new widows, so we hope you understand the reasons for having to make this change.

We will keep you updated on the progress of this reform.

Yours sincerely

Mr Nigel Rabbitts

Chairman

Extra-ordinary General Meeting 2018

EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING

NOTICE is hereby given that an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary Widows’, Orphans’ and Compassionate Fund will be held at:

The Conference Room,

OKEHAMPTON POLICE STATION, 

3 Barton Rd, Okehampton

EX20 1NW

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Annual General Meeting 2018

Notice is given for the attention of all Fund Members of the Annual General Meeting 2018 which will be held at 12.30 hrs Monday 2nd July 2018 at the Helford Suite [ above the Canteen] Police Headquarters, Middlemoor HQ, Middlemoor, Exeter EX2 7HQ   

Security at HQ for Retired Officers

All retired members are requested to email the Administrator with their details and car registration in advance of the meeting, in order that Main reception staff can be notified.   Please ensure that you bring  a suitable form of photo ID [and a copy of your pension slip is advisable]  to show at main reception on arrival.

  Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

All Members are welcome and a copy of the Agenda can be obtained by contacting the Fund Administrator Tel; 01392 354773 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  . 

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