West Cumbrian MP Jamie Reed has tabled a Parliamentary Motion and written to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, to raise concerns relating to the retirement age of Civil Nuclear Police Officers.
Currently, Home Office Police are able to retire at 60. However, the Government have so far refused to afford the same retirement age to Civil Nuclear Police, whose retirement age is to be linked to the state pension age of 65, rising in stages to 68.
This has raised a number of concerns, including from the Civil Nuclear Police Federation, that a retirement age of 65 to 68 could affect operational safety.
The Civil Nuclear Constabulary undertake an important role in national security through protecting nuclear materials. The largest nuclear site that the Constabulary polices is in Jamie Reed MP’s Copeland constituency, at Sellafield.
Copeland MP Jamie Reed said:
“Government must act to extend the pension age of 60, which is afforded to Home Office Police, to Civil Nuclear Police Officers.
“This is a very concerning issue that will affect many Officers based in my constituency, at Sellafield.
“Given that is is obligatory for Civil Nuclear Police Officers to carry arms, given the physical demands of the job, and given the complex and vital role that Officers play in responding to incidents of national security, they must be afforded the same retirement age as Home Office Police.”