UK - The pensions ombudsman wants the government to decide whether prison officers can claim ill-health retirement benefits for injuries sustained during football matches against inmates.
Former prison officer Miss M Hardy attempted to claim benefits from the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme after she retired through injury in November 2000.
Hardy insists that the injury dates back to a 1998 football match between staff and inmates at Stoke Heath prison, and went to the ombudsman after the PCSPS denied her claim.
But according to the scheme, her injuries were the result of a pre-existing condition that was aggravated when she fell in the prison showers – injuring her head and shoulder – in early 1999.
Ombudsman David Laverick said: “I remit the matter to the Home Office for a further decision to be made as to whether the 1998 accident occurred during activities reasonably incidental to her duties and, if so, whether the claimed benefit is payable.”
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