The 2020 Police Officer pay rise submission has been made – with the Police Federation of England and Wales calling for a 5% pay rise for all police officers.
They are also asking for for a minimum starting salary of £24,177 for new recruits.
Other submissions to the Police Remuneration Review Body include:
– The removal of the lowest two pay points for Constables, to facilitate recruitment;
– The shortening of the Constables’ and Sergeants’ pay scales;
– The introduction of new top pay scale points for all ranks, to incentivise retention;
– An increase in location and dog-handler’s allowance – and that both London and SE Allowances should be increased to be 150% of their current values.
Steve James, Vice Chairman of Gloucestershire Police Federation, said: “Every day police officers deal with the worst that society has to offer, whilst trying to protect and safeguard it’s most vulnerable.
“As research such as the Federation’s Pay and Morale surveys repeatedly show, at times they will put their own physical and mental health at risk to do so. The least we can ask is that they are paid fairly for the work they do and sacrifices they make.”
He added: “Last year the Government announced the biggest uplift in police recruitment in more than a decade, but even this increase in officer numbers will not replace all those that have been lost under this Government.
“The last decade also saw a significant degradation to police pay and conditions, that left some officers taking an effective real term pay cut of up to 18% over that same period.
“The Government made small steps towards repairing that damage in last year’s pay settlement, and we would urge them to continue on that path, and make an investment in police pay on par with their ambitions for police recruitment.”
Steve concluded: “The Federation submission also seeks to ensure that police pay structures mean that new Constables join on a fair and liveable wage, and one that reflects the increasing demands placed on new recruits.
“The new graduate entry and apprentice entrance pathways for police recruits can only help further professionalise the police service if they are an attractive prospect for the best and brightest recruits, and fair pay is an important means of achieving that.”
All sides submit their recommendations to the independent PRRB who then submit a paper/recommendation to the Home Secretary Priti Patel who has a final decision on the pay rise for 2020, usually made in the summer.
It usually kicks in in September. Last year – the PRRB recommended 2.5% for officers, which was accepted/implemented by the Home Secretary in full.
John Apter, Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “This comes on the back of 10 years of austerity measures which has seen police officer’s pay either frozen or capped, like many other public sector workers at 1%.
“So a new recruit might be starting now on £18,500. Now, if that stays as it is that means that police officers, who many politicians proclaim to be the bravest in the world and are doing fantastic, great stuff, well that means that those officers are on 15p an hour more than the living wage.
“That is completely unacceptable. So we’re calling for an increase for starting pay which will take them to over £24,000, to recognise the role that they carry out and the dangers that they face, but also an overall pay rise of 5%.
“It doesn’t even fill the gap of the, in real terms, 18% cut in pay that police officers have seen over the past 10 years. But our submission is based on evidence and we think it’s realistic, and the Government must listen.
“If the Government want to retain police officers, if they want to recruit police officers, then they have to pay them fairly. It’s no good standing on the step of Parliament proclaiming how fantastic they are when they don’t give them the pay they deserve.”