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The Ministry of National Security is unable to give a specific timeline to members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) on early retirement, as to when their outstanding benefits will be paid.
Members of the JCF have informed the media that they are unable to access payments under the Early Retirement Incentive, including a lump sum that is granted at the time of retirement to assist them in meeting outstanding debts.
Chairman of the Police Federation Raymond Wilson said that the inability of the officers to obtain the lump sum payment has placed them in very challenging debt problems, including unpaid mortgages and car loans.
Last Thursday, the ministry issued a statement noting that it is aware of the situation and has made an appeal to the Ministry of Finance and Planning for an increase in the allocation for payment under the Early Retirement Incentive offered to police in the 2013/14 budget.
"It is estimated that a total of $500 million is needed to pay those personnel expecting the benefit. However, the Ministry of Finance and Planning has allocated only $100 million for these pension payments for this financial year (2013/14)," the Ministry said.
Approximately $400 million was paid in 2012/13.
"The Ministry has appealed for an increase in the allocation of funds, but is cognisant of the tight fiscal space in which the country is operating," the statement added.
In the meantime, the JCF has informed the officers that payments from the current $100 million fund will continue on a first-come first-serve basis, until it is exhausted.
The Ministry said that it was also appealing to those persons who took early retirement to be patient until the matter can be settled. The ministry also requested of the officers that they keep in touch with the JCF human resource branch, for the latest updates.
Selected members of both the JCF and the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) are eligible for an incentive payment not exceeding two year's salary over and above normal separation entitlements, to facilitate early retirement.
WILSON... the inability of the officers to obtain the lump sum
payment has placed them in very challenging debt problems
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