With the two year pay freeze set to end in August, a proposed increase in all officers’ salaries will be of little help, claims Fed.
One per cent pay rises scheduled for police officers for the next two years â€œjust wonâ€™t cut itâ€, rank and file officers have said.
The current two-year police officer pay freeze is expected to come to an end on 31 August this year – but the coalition government has previously said that pay increases for the next two years will be capped at one per cent.
This expected rise will be less than half of that seen for officers in the three years preceding the pay freeze. A deal was struck in 2008 that saw an increase in officersâ€™ pay of 2.65 per cent for 2008/09, 2.6 per cent for 2009/10 and 2.55 per cent for 2010/11.
The matter of a one per cent rise was raised in a letter from the Staff Side of the Police Negotiating Board (PNB) to Police Minister Damian Green at the end of February.
Ian Rennie, Staff Side Secretary and General Secretary of the Police Federation of England and Wales, wrote: â€œAlthough the Official Side [of the PNB] has yet to make a proposal on this yearâ€™s pay rise for police officers, we understand the government intends to introduce an average of up to one per cent pay rise for each of the two years following the end of the pay freeze.â€
Despite the potential pay rise, Mr Rennie pointed out that with the progression [increment] freeze, inflation at 2.7 per cent and the removal of competence related threshold payments (CRTPs), officersâ€™ take-home pay is still being reduced. On top of that, any increase in pension contributions would effectively be an â€œadditional pay cutâ€, he said.
Frontline officers have told PoliceOracle.com that one per cent pay rises â€œjust wouldnâ€™t cut itâ€ with the increasing costs of living and other pay reforms facing the police service.
PC Steve Duncan, from Northumbria Police, said: â€œIt is always better to have something rather than nothing but it is not much at all.
â€œWhat is one per cent? Itâ€™s nothing. Itâ€™s well below inflation.â€
PC Duncan suggested that a three per cent pay rise would have been a fairer amount, adding: â€œWith pension contributions going up and CRTP being taken away we will still be seeing a loss in take-home pay.â€
One PC from Devon and Cornwall Police said: â€œI will definitely be taking home less than I was a few years ago. With inflation, a one per cent pay rise is just not going to cut the cost of living.â€
While officers will obviously accept the increase, there â€œwill still be money missing from our pocketsâ€, added a PC from Essex Police.
â€œOur pay is just being whittled away and I find it quite sickening to be honest,â€ he said.
â€œIt makes me feel particularly fed up and disillusioned when you hear that MPs are not having their pension contributions increased. It is just not right.â€
The final agreed increase will be introduced on September 1 this year.
Pay Rise For Officers ‘Not Good Enough’