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Mass compulsory retirement of police officers under the Police Pension Regulations 1987 was unjustified age discrimination.


In the comprehensive spending review that followed the general election in May 2010, the coalition government required police forces to make budgetary cuts of 20% over four years. After considering what savings could be made from buildings, equipment and vehicles, the forces turned to look at staffing costs (including both officers and civilians), which make up about 80% of police expenditure. Having made what reductions to civilian staff they could, and having put a recruitment freeze in place for officers, the forces concluded that a reduction in officer numbers was needed.

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