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1300 Hampshire Police Officers in pay error

An inquiry is under way after 1,300 police officers received the wrong pay.

Around half of those affected had been underpaid and the other half overpaid this week, in what sources say is the latest in a series of problems since the county's police, fire and council merged its back office staff to save cash.

John Apter, Chairman of Hampshire Police Federation, said: "This latest error in officers pay is just one in a long line of problems since H3 was introduced.

"The system put in place by H3 to provide pay, HR and other back office functions has been problematic from its introduction and this latest failure to pay officers correctly has shown me the system is not fit for purpose.

"You can't have a system in place that officers and staff have no confidence in. It is fundamental that officers and staff receive the correct pay. This is clearly not acceptable and action needs to be taken."

His comments come after a survey of 1,100 Hampshire police officers revealed that just five per cent had confidence in the H3 system which Mr Apter told a federation annual meeting was "a damning result" as she called for an independent audit, claiming H3 was not fit for purpose.

Acting deputy chief constable David Pryde said: "Allowance payments to 1,300 people were incorrect. Approximately half were underpaid and half overpaid and this mistake has now been rectified.

"We were already working with colleagues across the H3 partnership to make sure we understand the root of any problems and find long term solutions. This must continue as it is crucial staff and officers have confidence that they will receive the right payments when they work so hard."

PCC Simon Hayes said: "The issue with overpayment to police officers was regrettable and I will be looking to the H3 partner Hampshire County Council to investigate the issue and ensure that it does not re-occur.

"Having spoken to the Hampshire Police Federation I am reassured that the options offered for repayment provides flexible arrangements for the officers affected."

You can read the full article here - www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/14287734.Anger_as_1_300_police_officers_receive_wrong_pay/

John Apter
Hampshire Police Federation

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