Pay award is a step in the right direction but our members deserve more Government has announced a 2.5% pay rise for police officers
The Police Federation of England and Wales has called today’s 2.5% pay award for police officers “a small step in the right direction” but has demanded the Government must do more to make up for years of real-terms pay cuts.
Today (22 July) the Home Office announced it will accept in full the recommendations of the Police Pay and Remuneration Body (PRRB) which is the independent body which advises the Government on what police officers should be paid.
It is the first time in three years that this has happened, with the Government previously attracting criticism for ignoring the PRRB’s recommendations regarding pay increases.
Reacting to the news PFEW National Chair John Apter said: “Police officers have suffered nine years of pay freezes and pay caps. So while this pay award represents the highest received since 2010 it is not what we and the Police Superintendents’ Association jointly asked for - however it is better than the derisory rise our members were given last year.
“And it is positive to see the Government abiding by proper process and accepting all the recommendations of the PRRB which it has failed to do for the past two years. But this must be just the start of getting police officers pay back to the level it should be.”
The pay rise – which will come into effect on 1 September 2019 – equates to around an extra £1,000* of pensionable salary a year for a constable.
Mr Apter continued: “This rise does little to redress the 18% real term pay cut our members have experienced over the past nine years, and the Government must go further.
“Before the next pay award, the Chancellor will announce the results of the Comprehensive Spending Review – and that must include substantial, centrally-funded investment to ensure the service is fully and properly resourced – encompassing a significant, real-term rise in officer pay.
“We have heard a lot of promises about the future of policing made by the two candidates vying to become Prime Minister – but whoever takes over must ensure that they commit the necessary funding to make these promises a reality, and to ensure the public gets the police service it needs and deserves,” Mr Apter said.
As well as the pay rise, which is applicable across all ranks, the Government announced:
* This takes into account salary plus allowances.
“It is extremely positive to see the highest pay award for police officers in six years – a sign that the Government is beginning to place the value on these crucial roles that is clearly deserved.
“It is also pleasing that the Home Secretary has finally taken note of the independent review process in place to inform decision making around police pay. The Police Remuneration Review Body was designed to consider affordability to the public purse, alongside the position of all relevant stakeholders when making its recommendations, and we have repeatedly called for its recommendations to be valued and accepted. Today’s pay rise is a reflection of their findings and we hope that this process will now continue to have real value.
“Today’s pay award is above the rate of inflation, which will help officers who have seen a cumulative drop in their pay over recent years. It still falls short of the pay award jointly recommended by the Association and the Police Federation, and going forward, we hope that the pay gap created by austerity will continue to close.”