Chancellor urged to give police real-terms pay rise

The Police Federation has written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak urging him to use the Spring Statement to guarantee a real-terms pay increase for police officers this year.

The letter highlights that officers have faced a 20 per cent real-terms pay cut since 2010 which is having an impact on morale, on their ability to pay household bills and on their mental health.

Gwent Police Federation chair Steve Thorpe explained: “Police officers put their lives on the line every single day as they strive to protect the communities they serve but they don’t feel their efforts and the challenges they face are recognised by the Government.

“In the last two years, the police service has had to adapt. More demands were placed on officers by the pandemic, but also by new and emerging crimes and due to policing being seen as the service of first and last resort.

“Now the Government must recognise officers’ unique place in society with a real-terms pay increase.”

The letter has been written by national Federation secretary Alex Duncan and copied to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel.

It says: “It’s been an incredibly tough two years for police officers dealing with significant extra demands posed by the Covid pandemic. Alongside these challenges, since 2010, police officers have faced increasing workloads and a staggering real-terms cut in their pay of 20 per cent.

“There is now little difference between the hourly wage of a new starter and the national living wage. All the evidence suggests this is having a crippling effect on morale across the police service. 

“All the evidence shows that the public are on our side, with recent polling showing that four in five people support a pay rise for police officers at the next opportunity. A similar proportion say that police officers are important to the fabric of their communities, and they understand how dangerous being a police officer can be.

“Use the Spring Statement to demonstrate that your Government actually does respect police officers.”

Read the full letter.