An inflation busting pay rise for police officers to thank them for their hard work for being on the frontline throughout the recent pandemic has been welcomed in force.
Chief Constable Craig Guildford and DC Mark Petrovic from Nottinghamshire’s Police Federation have said they are pleased to hear the Government’s plans to award a 2.5 percent pay increase to all police officers.
The award is part of a bumper deal from the Government for doctors, teachers, police officers and other public sector employees all of whom are to receive above inflation pay rises as a reward for their efforts during the coronavirus crisis.
With inflation currently at just 0.6 percent, the biggest increase – 3.1 percent – goes to teachers, followed by doctors and dentists, who will receive 2.8 percent and police officers 2.5 percent, as announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
Other pay rises include2.5 percent for National Crime Agency staff and prison officers; and two percent for armed forces, senior military, judiciary and senior civil servants.
The Treasury has said the pay awards reflect the enormous effort made by public sector staff in responding to the unprecedented challenges during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Chief Constable Guildford has said the award will help with recruitment and retention programmes. In particular it will help retain sergeants as the lowest point on sergeants’ pay scale has been removed. He said: “It is of course welcome news that the Government has given police officers an increase in their pay.
“Our officers deserve this recognition as they have worked really hard throughout this pandemic and in sometimes quite difficult circumstances. This will also help with the targeted recruitment work we have done to get new officers in force. We have continued to recruit during these exceptional times and are on track to have 300 new recruits this year, a full 12 months ahead of the Government Uplift target.”
DC Petrovic , on behalf of the Federation, added: “I am of course pleased to hear that the Government have awarded police officers a 2.5 per cent pay rise which is well above inflation and I know members will feel some sense of reward from this.
“We had asked for a bigger increase to make up for the previous years when we didn’t receive anything. However we are also realistic in that we are still in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic and have witnessed huge amounts of Government funding going into all areas of the economy to protect thousands of individuals, some of whom are in a very precarious situations with their livelihoods.
“The pay increase and the backing from the Home Secretary for police officers across the ranks show that the Government value the hard work and excellent value for money our officers provide.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel has said she will accept in full the recommendations put to her from the Police Remuneration Review Body’s (PRRB) 2020 report on police officer pay.
This is that there will be a consolidated increase of 2.5 percent which should be awarded to all ranks at all pay points across all police forces in England and Wales, and a corresponding increase to London Weighting and the Dog Handlers’ Allowance, with effect from 1 September 2020.
The Police Federation and Police Superintendents Association nationally had asked for a five percent pay claim in their submission, saying this would bring officers’ pay back to pre-austerity pay terms.
The 2.5 percent increase was the recommendation of police chiefs nationally. The money will come from existing force budgets.