North West Police Benevolent Fund Amnesty
For non-members of the North West Police Benevolent fund, historically upon joining the scheme you would have to wait 12 months before you could access any of the benefits, however the Benevolent Fund are currently running an amnesty whereby if you join before 1st September you are eligible to access either Physiotherapy or Counselling both of which are available at the Federation Offices with excellent facilities. The monthly subscription is currently just £5.46 a month, this is deducted from gross pay total before tax is applied therefore there is tax relief on the £5.46 at the rate you pay tax, so the net result with regards to a 20% tax payer is actually only costing you £4.37 a month and £3.28 for a 40% tax payer.
The fund provides many excellent services to its members as below:
They provide support to Serving and Retired officers who are in a condition of need, hardship and distress. They provide access to Physiotherapy treatment which is available from the Federation offices. Treatment is on a day patient basis, or can also be arranged for in-patient stays at St Michael's Lodge near Clitheroe. The fund also offer counselling which is accessible within a short period, this is also facilitated at the Federation offices.
St Michaels Lodge, in Langho, near Clitheroe, is currently under-going a multi-million pound refurbishment, which will offer increased services for members who find themselves in need of extra support, available for use this summer, the new development will provide state-of-the-art in-patient and outpatient treatment for physical and psychological problems, and includes a swimming pool, gym, spa / hot tub and hydrotherapy pool. More details about the lodge will appear in future Force Bulletins.
The fund also assists members in financial difficulty in the form of an interest free loan or a grant which assists to pay for services, items or equipment if the need arises.
In the event of a serving officer death, a death grant of £5,000 is paid to their dependants normally within one working day of their death to assist with any immediate costs. In addition the fund have 9 holiday lodges which are available free of charge for convalescence breaks or for hire at significantly reduces rates. Please visit the website www.nwpbf.org for full details.