Police will get pay rise as public sector pay cap is lifted

Theresa May gives in and scraps the public sector pay cap. But there’s a catch

The PRRB report found that an increase in basic pay beyond 1% is required, recommending a 2% consolidated pay increase to all pay points for federated and superintending police ranks, as well as a 2% increase to the London weighting allowance and dog handlers' allowance from 1 September 2017. "We want to reward and attract the very best police officers within the resources we have, whilst making the right decisions for the economy overall".

A 1.7 per cent rise for prison officers and a package worth two per cent for police was announced yesterday.

"This can not be right", said Mr Macleod.

It will also lift the pay cap for the wider public sector over the next year.

But Federation vice-chairman Calum Macleod responded: "The Government stating that police officers have had a 32% pay rise since 2010 is a joke - and is in fact a downright lie".

"For Theresa May to claim police officers have enjoyed bumper pay rises under the Tories shows just how divorced the prime minister and her government are from reality and from the lives of our hard-working public service workers", said the Labour Party leader.

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The government has accepted the recommendations set out by the Prison Service Review Pay Body (PSPRB) in its Sixteenth report on England and Wales 2017, awarding prison staff an average 1.7% pay increase.

"We need to ensure that we balance out protecting jobs in the public sector, being fair to public sector workers and being fair to tax payers who pay for it - many of whom are public sector workers. This smacks of double standards".

This will now bring wages for officers to starting salaries of between £19,971 (no qualifications) and £23,124 for constables, rising to £38,382 within seven years of joining.

It also recommended that chief officers should be awarded local flexibility in the 2017-2018 pay year in order to make additional payments to police officers working in hard to fill roles or in superintending ranks.

"In the last few days the government's position on the public sector pay cap has changed so many times it is hard to keep up and impossible to trust a word the Conservatives say on the issue". And asked if it spelled the end for the cap across the public sector, a government spokesman said: 'Yes'. "We run the risk here of letting communities down, putting officers at risk and ultimately risking national security and I would ask you to seriously consider the budget and the level of cuts over the next five years." .

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