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Pay award delay ‘unacceptable’

  • Posted On 20 Jul 2017

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    The Government’s decision to delay making an announcement on officers’ pay award until September is unacceptable, says West Midlands Police Federation chairman Tom Cuddeford.

     

    MPs start their summer recess today and the Government announced yesterday that a decision on police pay will not be made until after their return to Parliament on 5 September.

     

    “Over the last few weeks, some MPs have been calling on the Government to lift the freeze on public sector pay which limits increases to just one per cent per annum,” says Tom.

     

    “The Chancellor of the Exchequer doesn’t seem keen to do so and at the weekend it was even reported that he argues public sector workers are already over-paid.

     

    “Sadly, none of this is making officers feel valued and appreciated. They feel that MPs were full of praise for them in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks and yet are less supportive when it comes to their pay.

     

    “This delay will just cause months of uncertainty for officers at a time when they are already struggling with the pressures of their role due to the cuts to police budgets and therefore reductions in police officer numbers.”

     

    The delay comes despite the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) meeting an earlier than normal deadline for submitting evidence to the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB), which determines police pay, in December 2016. The PRRB also met the deadline for submitting its recommendations to the Government.

     

    Steve White, chair of PFEW, has expressed his frustration at the delay.

    He explains: “One of the key elements of creating the PRRB was to set out a process that allows any pay award to be implemented from September. We worked tirelessly to submit our evidence in a timely fashion and the least the Government can do is honour its side of the process.”

    Addressing officers and the Home Secretary at the Police Federation’s annual national conference in Birmingham in May, the national chair also made it clear that the Government must remove the shackles from the PRRB and allow it to be the independent body it is supposed to be. He has repeated this message.

    “Restricting the ability to implement recommendations based on solid, detailed evidence, hardly embraces an independent approach. The pay body process should be consistent across the public sector and Government alike,” says Steve.

    Any pay increase sanctioned by the Government will be back-dated to September but it could leave officers out of pocket for months since forces need time to implement any changes.

     

     

     
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