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FAQs

Protected members

Why are some members protected and paying £5 or £3.75?

Protected members pay more because they get the extra £600 private medical consultation limit and this category is ring-fenced or “protected” because it is no longer available  to new members. Protected members are people who joined the WMP Ben Fund before April 2013. Alternatively, they decided before April 2013 to stop paying into the Police Healthcare Scheme but stayed in the Benevolent Fund. This new definition was agreed by the Management Committee and Directors following the sale of PHS to Police Mutual.

Can I reduce my membership cost by changing from a protected member to a full member?

Yes, you can, but you will be unable to revert back at any stage.

Private Medical Consultations

How do I access private medical consultations? 

Firstly, it’s a good idea to check with the Benevolent Fund office on 0121 752 4919 (office hours 8.30am-4.30pm Mon-Wed) that you are eligible for this benefit. If you are, then you will need a referral from your GP and, after that, you simply arrange an appointment at any hospital to see a consultant or specialist.

Does it cover tests?

No, this benefit is for consultations only.

Who pays the bill?

We ask members to settle their bills and we will reimburse you.

Death Benefit

Why aren’t retired members eligible for the death benefit?

The Operations Committee and Trustees decided many years ago that members are no longer eligible for this benefit once they retire. The removal of this benefit is reflected in the cost of the subscription, which is why retired members pay less.

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Flint House

Can I claim towards my travel to Goring?

Following a recent re-assessment of the WMP Benevolent Fund membership benefits by our Trustees and Operations Committee it has been decided the £60 contribution towards ( what is known as) ‘travelling expenses’, following a visit to Flint House, will be withdrawn from 29 February 2020.

This entitlement was only available to serving members who were both subscribers to the Benevolent Fund and Flint House and excluded some sections of WMP police staff, our retired members and serving officers who chose not to donate to Flint House.

The travelling expenses will continue to be paid until that date to all qualifying members who claim. However new joiners from 15 July will not be able to apply for the £60 benefit.

Applying for sickness vouchers

How often can I claim them?

You can claim one sickness voucher each year if you’re off sick for less than four months. If you’re off sick for more than four months you can claim a second voucher but you can’t claim more than two per year.

If I’m back at work after being off sick for more than 21 days can I still claim sickness vouchers?

Yes, providing your sickness ended no more than 6 months previously.

Can I have cash instead of sickness vouchers?

Unfortunately, there is no alternative to this benefit.

My voucher never arrived – can they be re-sent?

We keep a record of all vouchers despatched, and the address they were sent to. They cannot be cancelled or re-issued.

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