Government's pay rise figures are a joke

Police on Parade 2007 - by Chris Eason via Flickr
This article was originally published on this website

13 September 2017

The Government stating that police officers have had a 32% pay rise since 2010 is a joke – and is in fact a downright lie. It shows they have lost touch with reality, if they ever had it, and are clueless as to the demands and dangers officers have to face on a daily basis to keep communities safe. Officers are struggling to keep their heads above water and all we are asking for is fair recognition.

When comparing total pay in 2015/2016 to what it was in 2009/2010 it has increased in nominal terms by +2%, but decreased by -16% in real terms. This cannot be right.

We expect police officers to run in to the face of danger every day to protect the public however the Government refuses to give them the money they deserve. This has to be addressed and the government has to be held to account. How can they abide by their independent pay bodies which recommended an 11% pay rise for MPs but fail to abide by ours, which recommended a 2% consolidated). This smacks of double standards.

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