MEMBERSHIP

 

Membership of the North West Police Benevolent Fund is available to serving and retired Police Officers of the five North West Police Forces (including their pre 1974 constituent forces). 

There are currently 16,500 members of The Ben Fund. You can check if you are a member by looking at your pay or pension slip, if there is a deduction to ‘Benevolent Fund’ than you are a member and can access benefits including: 

  • Respite and recovery
  • Physiotherapy
  • Mental health support
  • Wellbeing breaks
  • Financial assistance during times of hardship
  • ‘In-service’ death grant awarded to dependants
ONLINE MEMBERSHIP FORM

Serving officer membership details

Your monthly donation of £7.40 is subject to payroll giving, so the benefit of tax relief is applied to the gross amount you pay. This means that a 20% taxpayer is contributing £5.92 per month, and a 40% taxpayer is contributing £4.44 per month.

If you are not currently a member, are eligible and would like to join The Ben Fund, please complete the ‘Membership Joining Form’ linked below and return to us at membership@nwpbf.org and we will arrange for the monthly deduction to be taken direct at source from your employer.

Retiring officer membership details

Police Officers who are members of The Ben Fund at the time of their retirement, can continue membership with a reduced monthly rate of £5.00 per month paid directly from their Police Pension.

The donation is via the tax efficient ‘Give as You Earn’ scheme. This means that only £4.00 is deducted from your pension with the remaining £1.00 tax element (for a 20% VAT rate payer) going straight to the charity, and if you are in the higher tax 40% bracket, your real term monthly donation to the charity is just £3.00 as the £2.00 tax element comes straight to the charity.

The only difference in services provided to retired members over serving officers is the loss of the £5000 ‘In-Service’ death grant. Everything else that you had access to as a serving officer is available to you in your retirement.

If you would like to continue with your membership in to your retirement, please complete the ‘Retiring Officer – Continuing Membership Form’ linked below, and return to us at membership@nwpbf.org and we will arrange for the monthly deduction to be taken direct at source from your pension provider.

Additional information for retiring Lancashire officer membership

In the case of retiring Lancashire officers, on receipt of your completed membership form you will be contacted (by your preferred method) and we will provide you with our bank details, for you to set up a monthly Standing Order payment to the charity. This is due to your pension being paid via the local authority pension scheme, who do not manage a pension deduction on behalf of The Ben Fund.

Information for officers who retired before 1st January 2010

The North West Police Benevolent Fund (The Ben Fund) has more than 16,500 contributing serving and retired officers. In addition to this there are a significant number of non-contributing retired officers who were in receipt of their police pension prior to The Ben Fund being formed. As each force joined The Ben Fund an agreement was put in place to protect the rights of retired officers who have contributed the Benevolent Fund within their own force. These protected rights only apply to officers who contributed throughout their service and at the point of retirement.

We ask that any officer who retired before January 1st 2010 demonstrates where possible their previous force Benevolent Fund membership in order to access services available from The Ben Fund. If you are unable to demonstrate previous force Benevolent Fund membership but would still like to be able to access the services we offer, you can do this by setting up a monthly retired officer donation. If you would like to do this, please complete the ‘Retired Officer Pre 2010’ form linked below and return it to us at membership@nwpbf.org