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Pay award is bittersweet for under pressure police

12/09/2017

Despite some gains for officers in England and Wales, today's headline announcement of a 2% pay award will leave many angry and deflated, Steve White, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said.

"Police officers do not join the service to make huge amounts of money; they do it out of a sense of duty and this year in particular have been tested to the max. However, they expect to be paid suitably for the immensely demanding role they perform and this simply is not the case."

The 2% award is a 1% pensionable pay rise across the board, plus 1% as an additional amount of money this year, non-pensionable.

"We asked for 2.8% and provided compelling evidence to support this, which on first review appears to be reflected in the recommendations made by the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) - the body which makes recommendations on police pay - to the Government. We were not greedy in what we asked for. Officers have been taking home about 15% less than they were seven years ago. While it is a step in the right direction, the Government should have done this sooner but we don't feel that non-consolidated pay awards are the way forward."

The PFEW will now be looking closely at the details in the PRRB report and will provide a further update as to what other recommendations have been made as soon as possible.

Andrea Breeze Chair of Cleveland Police Federation added "the government are still not listening to officers and the unique role we perform, in the recent Cleveland Pay and Morale survey 73.7% of respondents from Cleveland Police felt they were worse off financially compared to five years ago.

89.6% of respondents from Cleveland Police reported that they do not feel that they are paid fairly for the stresses and strains of their job.

Morale within Cleveland Police is low, today's announcement may help this a little but it is a far cry from what officers deserve and will be unlikely to prevent those who have already decided they want to leave police service from leaving."

Even today inflation is running at 2.9% so in real terms this a pay cut

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