Police officers must be given a substantial pay rise that factors in the rising cost of living.
That’s the view of Gwent Police Federation chair Steve Thorpe following Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s budget statement, in which he announced an end to the public sector pay freeze.
Steve said: “It’s good to hear that the Chancellor is ending his public sector pay freeze but now we need to see commitments to a substantial rise for officers, or it becomes a pay squeeze.
“Officers have had their pay cut in real terms over the last decade and the cost of living is rising, meaning our colleagues are feeling the pinch.
“Now is the time for the Chancellor to put his money where his mouth is and reward their hard work and dedication throughout the pandemic.
“He needs to guarantee he will level up police pay by taking inflation into account. Anything less is another pay cut in real terms.”
The Federation’s national vice-chair, Ché Donald, echoed Steve’s comments, calling on the Government to level up police pay so inflation is taken into account, and to make sure they receive a fair wage for an increasingly difficult job.
“Police officers were shoddily treated by this Government and rewarded for their dedication and professionalism during the pandemic with a zero per cent increase, which was a real terms pay cut,” said Ché.
“While we welcome the Chancellor’s decision to end the unfair pay freeze for some public sector workers, this must result in an increase of more than the four per cent inflation figure he predicted for 2022, if it is to make a positive difference.
“As well as a real term pay increase, we urgently need a fair pay mechanism which is independent of Government interference and delivers a binding outcome to restore trust and faith in the police pay process as anything less is just populist political fanfare.”