15 February 2018
Calum Macleod, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) said: “The Home Office is conveniently forgetting that police officer pensions reflect the fact that officers do a demanding, dangerous and risky job and need to retire earlier than many other workers, so insisting police officers should be given a lower annual pay award because of their pensions, is adding insult to injury.
“The 3.4% increase in officer pay that we are asking for this year is not outrageous; it is merely an attempt to make up for years of austerity which has seen police pay – in real terms – drop by around 15% since 2010. In fact things are now so bad that our Pay and Morale survey last year uncovered that more than one in ten cops shockingly can’t afford essentials – and that figure rises to around one in six for probationers.
“As well as being insulting, it’s downright disheartening. The past 12 months have been among the most challenging in decades. Officers took heart from the fact that public support for policing soared as the reality of the terrorist threats we face daily and the trauma we encounter hit home.
“The public made clear their recognition of what we do and rightly expect us to be rewarded fairly for that. They will not want to be reminded that some officers are finding it hard to put food on the table for their families and have to resort to welfare schemes. Yet that is the reality.”
The Federation will now make written submissions to the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) on the responses by the other parties, including the Home Office, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC). Andy Fittes, PFEW General Secretary will also be taking part in the oral evidence sessions which start next month (March) where we will have a further opportunity to argue the Federation case for a meaningful and fair pay rise.
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