Welcome to the RMB section of the Web Site.

The RMC hope you are all keeping well. As a POA member you benefitted from the essential cover that membership of the union gave you. Now that you’ve retired you can still have access to our range of benefits and deals and play an active part in your union by becoming a retired member.

Committee members:

  • Chair – Steve Whitfield

  • Deputy Chair – Mick Grattan

  • Secretary – Samuel Jameson

  • Phil Stanbridge

  • Paul Carr
  • To contact the committee email RetiredMembersCommittee@poauk.org.uk 



The Prison Officers Association welcomes into the Retired Members Section all those Members who have retired from the Service and who retained their membership at retirement. Members of the Retired Members Section will receive the following benefits:

  1. Membership
  2. The Association Diary
  3. All copies of the Gatelodge journal
  4. Access to all commercial Benefits negotiated for full members.
  5. Access to the Benevolent fund to those who contribute set amount determined by

The Retired Members Committee have managed to secure another Benefit for Members. Please see attachments explaining the benefits of the Tax Refund Company.


POA Tax Refund Assessment Form

A Message from the Retired Members Committee

The Retired Members Committee are keen to enhance the distribution of information to the 3380 Retired Members registered with the POA. When looking at this matter we discovered that contact details were missing, making it very difficult to contact each member belonging to the POA Retired Members Section. To this end we require Retired Members to forward the following information to update the membership data base and help us as a committee deliver a better service to you.

We require the following information to be sent to   RetiredMembersCommittee@poauk.org.uk




An update will follow on from this with further information as to what we intend to offer our members in terms of functions and clubs. Also we are interested to hear from you as members as to what you would like us to do for you.

Thank you for your support.

National Pensioners Convention

The report back from the NPC Special Delegates Conference held on 27th June 2023 can be found below.

We are affiliated to this organisation and will attempt to use it or gain information or any help for retired members to be put on the website or in the next Gatelodge publication.

Retired Veterans Award Badge - Sign the petition

Correspondence from a Retired member has been received..

“I wondered if you could help to support a petition I have started. I am an ex custodial manager, I worked at HMP Swaleside, Belmarsh and Rochester but sustained a back injury in an incident, leading to me being retired. I have been trying to get a veteran’s badge for ex prison staff for some time and after getting nowhere with MPs I started the petition. I am proud of my service and miss the job still even after 6 years being out of the service. I wanted HMP staff to have a veteran’s badge like the military do. Would you be able to help me in circulating and supporting the petition? Many thanks.”


Tax refund Co


Dear POA Member

You may be entitled to a tax refund…

If you pay tax, there’s a fairly high chance you’ve paid too much.
As a member of the POA you are eligible to have your tax code checked by professional tax experts at The Tax Refund Company.

Very few members think they are owed a refund before they fill in the form. Most of those getting a refund were pleasantly surprised when a cheque arrived in the post.

The main points to note are…

  • For every £1 paid back by HMRC, you keep 62p (minimum fee £38*)
  • Your review is free if you do not get a tax refund
  • You will keep all future savings

You should not assume HMRC will send you a refund if you have overpaid tax. It is up to you to check if you have paid too much.

To start your review, go to www.poatax.co.uk

Alternatively, print out the form overleaf, fill it in and send it to the freepost address at the bottom of the form and they will email you to let you know if you could be due a refund.

This is your hard earned money. Don’t let HMRC keep it!

Yours faithfully

Steve Gillan
General Secretary

Refund form download

Don’t delay, join today and continue your association with this proud Trade Union that cares for past and present members

Contact our membership department to join the Retired Members Branch. Please email membership@poauk.org.uk.

Representing over 30,000 Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers, the POA is the largest UK Union in this sector, able to trace its roots back more than 100 years.