The announcement of a 2.5% pay rise for police officers is a “step in the right direction”, according to Gloucestershire Police Federation.
The Home Office announced today (22 July) that it will accept in full the recommendations of the Police Pay and Remuneration Body (PRRB). This is the first time in three years the PRRB’s recommendation has been implemented in full.
Mike Harrison, Chairman of Gloucestershire Police Federation, said: “We welcome the 2.5 % rise and are grateful to the PRRB for its recommendation. It is a step in the right direction for police officer pay.
“It is a shame we have had to wait until now for the Government to recognise the work our members do and the dangers they face. In real terms with cost of living rises, it will still take time for officers’ pay to effectively rise.
“Theresa May may feel she is leaving on a positive note, but having read her comments on the pay rise I would question that if she thinks so much of police and other public sector staff, why has she systematically decimated us over the past decade?”
As well as the pay rise, which applies to officers in all ranks, the Government announced an increase
in the on-call allowance from £15 to £20 per 24-hour period for all Federated ranks.
There is also a 2.5% rise in both the dog handlers’ allowance and London weighting. However, there is 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.
The pay rises will come into effect on 1 September.
PFEW Chairman John Apter said the Government must now ensure police officers’ pay continues to increase after nine years of pay freezes and pay caps.
He added: “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.”