Representatives of the Home Office gave an update on the Police Arbitration Tribunal (PAT) ruling at a meeting of the Police Negotiating Board (PNB) yesterday. The Federation has been calling on the Home Secretary to ratify the ruling since it was announced last Monday (9 January).
I can inform you that at today's meeting of the Police Negotiating Board, representatives of the Home Office confirmed the following:
Please find below and opposite a letter from Ian Rennie to Paul Wylie, Secretary to the Winsor Review, in response to a letter dated 13 December. Paul Wylie’s letter is attached at the end of Ian’s letter.
As you will be aware, the PAT hearing into the Winsor Part One recommendations concluded on 22 November. Typically a decision would be delivered within three to four weeks, which would have meant that the decision of the PAT would have been published just before Christmas. The PAT Secretary has been in contact with the Staff Side and has informed us that a decision will not be made prior to the New Year. We hope to have a decision in early January and we will keep you informed of developments.
The HMIC has today published its Rules of Engagement report relating to the August riots. Below is the link to the press release and report
There can be no doubt that this has been a tough year for policing, with even more challenges still to come as we look to the year ahead. Over the past 12 months we have seen the service respond to unprecedented demands on its manpower, resources, and resolve. The widespread rioting of August will, moving forward, be seen as one of the greatest public order challenges in the history of British policing, while every element of our business, from neighbourhood policing, to counter-terrorism and the fight against serious organised crime, has felt the effects as we strive to maintain our service to the public with less money.
Today the Home Affairs Select Committee have published a report entitled ‘Policing Large Scale Disorder: Lessons from the disturbances of August 2011’, which examines the public disorder witnessed across the UK in August this year.
Commenting on the publication today of the Report by HMIC, Without fear or favour: A review of police relationships, Paul McKeever, Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, says:
You will recall that on 30th November Ian Rennie and Paul McKeever wrote to the Home Secretary regarding Tom Winsor and his review of terms and conditions of service. The letter was published as an Open letter on the PFEW website. A response has now been received and that too has been published on the website.
Detectives are increasingly turning to federation representatives for counselling as occupational health units in forces are ‘diminishing rapidly’. The Police Federation’s National Detective Forum Awards Seminar, held this month in London, debated the increase in cases of stress among detectives who are suffering cuts to their numbers and increased workloads.