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Officers need a 4 per cent rise after lifting of pay freeze says Fed

Rising living costs and predicted rate of inflation need to be factored into next year’s pay round says Federation

Police officers deserve a pay increase of more than 4 per cent next year if inflation reaches the levels predicted in Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s budget, the Police Federation has warned.

Welcoming the decision to end the public sector pay freeze next year Federation Vice Chair Ché Donald urged the Chancellor to “put his money where his mouth is.”

He said without a substantial increase next year which factors in rising living costs “his statements about fair and affordable pay will be particularly meaningless for my colleagues.”

He added: “To borrow his own words, we urgently need him to level up police pay so inflation is taken into account, and my colleagues 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.

“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 4 percent 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.”

The Federation and the Superintendents’ Association have withdrawn in protest from the the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) which provides independent advice to the government on pay and conditions for police officers who are at or below the rank of chief superintendent. This includes allowances, hours of duty, leave, and related matters.

The withdrawal followed the government’s decision to ignore the recommendation of the PRRB and impose a pay freeze this year.

Also announced in the chancellor’s Budget was the Spending Review which gives police and crime commissioners in England the “flexibility” to raise council tax by £10 for a band D property in each of the next three years.

If fully implemented, it would see average bills rise by £30 by 2024/25 and raise £774 million for police forces by the same year.

National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) have also welcomed the “certainty provided to policing” by the multi-year settlement and the removal of the public sector pay freeze.

NPCC chair Martin Hewitt said: "This multi-year settlement will allow forces to focus resources into tackling priority crime areas for the public such as violence against women and girls, county lines drug gangs and serious violent crime. The additional funding for the wider criminal justice system will help us bring offenders to justice.

“The removal of the public sector pay freeze will be welcomed by officers and staff, and will mean that the exceptional work carried out by police teams over an incredibly challenging period can be effectively recognised in their pay.” 

Mr Hewitt said the settlement will also allow them to “invest more in the skills of our officers and staff and continue increasing the number of female and Black, Asian and other minority ethnic recruits, ensuring that policing becomes more reflective of the people we serve”.

He added they NPCC look forward to working closely with the Home Office and partners in the run up to the police pay review process.

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