The Police Dependant’s Trust (PDT) has launched the Police Survivor Support Scheme on 8 February 2010.  This initiative is being funded by the NIO in conjunction with the Home Office and the Scottish Executive, to provide financial support to certain widows of police officers killed in the line of duty, where their widows pension has ceased on remarriage or cohabitation

Jacqui Smith, then Home Secretary, announced in May 2008 her intention to introduce measures to recognise the difficult financial situation experienced by some widows of police officers killed in the line of duty who subsequently lose their widows pension on remarriage or forming a new relationship.

In developing proposals to deliver this commitment, the NIO has been working with PDT, given the Trust’s experience and focus on providing financial assistance to former officers and their dependants.  Those widows who are assessed by the trust as eligible for assistance may be awarded a maximum amount of up to £20,000.

If you think you may be entitled to this grant then you need to contact the Police Dependant’s Trust (PDT) to apply for assistance under the scheme.  Please contact PDT by phone, their number is a freephone number 0808 1757712.  You can also obtain further information about this scheme from the PDT website www.pdtrustwidows.org