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08 Jan 2022
NARF Branch Meeting Cancellation

Dear Member,


Please be advised that as a current pandemic precaution, the NARF Sheffield and Rotherham Branch meeting scheduled for the 17th January, 2022, has been cancelled.

Thank you for you co-operation, and ongoing support.

Kind Regards,

Andrew Hopkinson, Branch Secretary


04 Jan 2022
Request for Assistance

Please can we have some assistance in the form of a touch of detective work?

Aa Fire Service Long Service and Good Conduct Medal was recently found in the street in Hertfordshire. It is inscribed "Sub Officer Owen Price".

Unfortunately that name is not recognised by anyone in the Hertfordshire retired members group as having served in the Brigade. Does anyone recognise the name?

One possibility is that it could belong to someone who was passing through to attend the Cenotaph in November, from anywhere in the country and that is why I'm casting the net to all points of the compass.

In the absence of any individual recollection, does anybody know if there is a central register held listing recipients of LSGC Medal.

If you have any details please contact us.


Pension Increase 2022

It is anticipated that Public Service Pensions will rise by 3.1% in April 2022 based on the following statement:

Civil Service Pensions will increase by 3.1% in April, following confirmation today that the rate of inflation in September, as measured by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI), was 3.1%.

However it is likely that prices will rise further in the next few months as recent sharp rises in petrol and home energy costs feed into the inflation rate.

The basic State Pension will also increase by 3.1% from the start of the new tax year in April, but this is much lower that’s it would have been had the triple lock (of the higher of inflation; earnings growth; or 2.5%) not been suspended in September, as earnings had risen by 8.1%.

How the figures stack up for the basic state pension:

From April 2022, those on the basic state pension, the current figure of £137.60 will rise to £141.86. Then for those who receive the new full state pension can expect a rise from £179.60 a week to £185.15 next spring.