Police pay rise a ‘further disappointment for officers’, says Cheshire Police Federation Chair

Chairman of Cheshire Police Federation calls police pay rise a ‘further disappointment for officers’ following the announcement today that police officers will be awarded a 2.5% rise for 2019.

 

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.

Cheshire Police Federation Chairman, Bryan Kennedy said “Given that a 15 per cent pay increase was requested for police officers through the PRRB process over the next three years, or a one-year deal of 6.2 percent backed by the submission of the Police Superintendents Association (PSA),to help rescue them from a “financial cliff edge” following years and years of austerity, this will undoubtedly further disappoint Police Officers throughout England and Wales.

“Since 2010, we have seen years of no pay increases or below inflation increases and the level of Police pay has now eroded to a point where Police Officers are struggling in many cases to make ends meet and are certainly worse off than they should be.

“41% of our members nationally are saying they have not got enough money to cover their essentials each month and 45% tell us that they worry about the state of their finances every day, or almost every day and yet our overstretched workforce continues to be undervalued in terms of their contribution to society and their pay and conditions of service.”

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:
 - An increase in the on-call allowance from £15 to £20 per 24-hour period for all Federated ranks,
 - A 2.5% uplift in the Dog Handlers’ allowance,
 - A 2.5% uplift in London weighting, and

No change for apprentice and degree holder progression pay, which means those joining the service will continue to receive the current incremental pay rises through their probationary period.

 * This takes into account salary plus allowances.