The Police Federation will continue to fight to repair the damage years of austerity did to officers’ salaries, says Gwent branch secretary Nicky Ryan in welcoming the 2.5 per cent police pay award announced yesterday.
Nicky said the award was the first step towards bringing police pay back to where it should be.
“Given that we’re in the middle of a pandemic and the country is under financial pressure at the moment, the 2.5 per cent pay award is welcome,” said Nicky.
“But we know that officers saw their pay drop by 18 per cent in real terms during the years of austerity, so there is still a long way to go.
“We will continue to fight for better pay increases over the coming years, once the economy allows, so that officers are fairly paid for the unique role they carry out in our communities and the very real dangers they face, which have never been more evident than during the pandemic.”
Nicky welcomed the fact the Government had accepted in full the recommendations of the Police Remuneration Review Body (PPRB), as this has not always been the case.
Her comments were in line with those of John Apter, the national chair of the Police Federation.
He said: “In the current financial climate with so much uncertainty, the fact the Government has fully accepted the recommendations of the PRRB will come as a relief.
“The 2.5 per cent increase in pay across all ranks is a step in the right direction and, while it is less than we asked for, will be broadly welcomed against a backdrop of financial pressures on the economy.
“Do my colleagues deserve more? Absolutely, and the Government must go further to pay officers fairly for the unique and dangerous job they do.
“However, with the economic vulnerability we face as a country, many colleagues will be relieved to receive a 2.5 per cent pay increase - anything lower would have been completely unacceptable.”
The pay rise applies across the ranks and comes into effect from 1 September 2020.
The Government also announced:
In February, the Police Federation and the Police Superintendents’ Association made a joint submission to the PRRB and called for a five per cent pay rise across the ranks.