Home Secretary accepts findings of Police Arbitration Tribunal but says reform should continue to be considered.
The Home Secretary has agreed not to introduce compulsory severance to the Police Service “at this time”, it has been announced.
Theresa May (pictured) said that while she accepts the Police Arbitration Tribunal’s (PAT) decision to reject the controversial recommendation, she still believes it is something that should be considered by government and senior police leadership going forward.
The announcement follows calls for Mrs May to ratify the PAT ruling in the face of the “comprehensive case” made against the recommendation to make officers redundant with less than 30 years service.
As previously reported, the Tribunal said that case for Tom Winsor’s Recommendation 46 was not “compelling” and that it accepted the Staff Side’s argument that it could have “damaging effects on the psychological contract” between officers and their forces.
In a statement to ministers, Mrs May said: “I have decided to accept the Tribunal’s recommendation not to implement measures to introduce compulsory severance at this time.
“However, this remains a reform that I believe government and the police should continue to consider. I have written to the Police Negotiating Board (PNB) to explain my decision in further detail.”
While staff associations across policing welcomed the PAT’s rejection of compulsory severance last December, some remained concerned that Mrs May could reverse the decision.
However, Mrs May has never gone against any of the PAT’s findings since she became Home Secretary in 2010.
She added: “These reforms build on the changes we have already implemented following the two reports of the Winsor Review. They continue our programme to modernise police pay and conditions so that they are fair to both officers and other taxpayers, to retarget pay to reward contribution, and increase local flexibility.”
“We remain committed to the review’s principles and objectives, in particular linking pay and skills, and modernising management practices. These will be important considerations in further discussions in the Police Negotiating Board and in the related work that is being taken forward by the College of Policing.”
In addition, Mrs May has also accepted the PAT’s recommendations on restricted duties and will instigate the process of amending the Police Regulations and determinations to reflect the decision.
The Tribunal accepted a varied definition on Winsor’s Recommendation 39 from the Official Side of the PNB. This means that officers who are unable to undertake “the full range of duties of a police officer” will be regarded as being on restricted duty.
As a result, officers on restricted duties who are not fully deployable after one year should face a pay cut of around £2,922.
PoliceOracle.com will provide a full analysis of the compulsory severance decision shortly.
Theresa May rejects compulsory severance ‘at this time’