Home Office circulars

Circulars are official Home Office documents that provide updates and details on policy and procedures.

They are useful to people who work for, or with, the Home Office or who need to know the latest policy updates.

All circulars since 2003 are stored here; if you need an earlier circular then please contact us.

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Latest circulars

Ref Title Broad subject Sub category Issue date

005/2013

Increased police officer pension contributions

This circular publishes the Home Secretary's decision to increase police pension contributions payable by police officers, with effect from 1 April 2013. This concerns contributions made under the Police Pension Regulations 1987 and the Police Pension Regulations 2006.

Police Service

Police pensions

07/03/2013

004/2013

Change to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

This circular advises of a change to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 in the control of synthetic cannabinoids, methoxetamine and other related compounds, and O-desmethyltramadol.

Crime and disorder

Drug offences

20/02/2013

003/2013

New government domestic violence and abuse definition

This circular advises that the government is extending the definition of domestic violence and abuse so that young people aged 16 and 17 and wording to capture coercive control will be included.

Crime and Disorder

Domestic violence

14/02/2013

002/2013

Amendments to police pension scheme

This Circular advises on voluntary exit scheme, automatic enrolment,and pension deferral provisions in the Police Pensions Regulations 2012. It also provides information on the pension earnings cap.

Police Service

Police pensions

16/01/2013

001/2013

Home Secretary's decision on the findings of the Police Arbitration Tribunal and the Police Advisory Board for England and Wales of 24th July 2012 in relation to the Part 2 Report of the Winsor Review

This circular publishes the Home Secretary's decision on the findings of the Police Arbitration Tribunal (PAT) of 6th December 2012 and the advice of the Police Advisory Board for England and Wales (PABEW) of 24th July 2012 in relation to the Part 2 Report of the Independent Review of Police Officer and Staff Remuneration and Conditions, led by Tom Winsor.

Police service

Police pay and conditions

15/01/2013