Police Pay Award announcement
The Government has ignored the wishes of the Police Pay Review Body (PRRB) and given police officers just a 1% pay rise in 2017. There will be a 1% one-off non pensionable bonus on top of this.
The PRRB had recommended a consolidated 2% pay rise for all officers in 2017. Reacting to the announcement of the pay award the Chairman of Hampshire Police Federation, John Apter has issued the following statement.
"They Government are playing politics with police officer's pay. It's shameful. We need to look at the detail of this announcement but it is clear that there is nothing to celebrate.
"Officers will see this for what it is which is an insult considering officers have had in real terms a 15% cut in pay since 2010.
"Police officers have no employment rights so are limited in how they react to such a kick in the teeth. The Government know this and have taken advantage of it.
"With a heavy heart I feel the time has come to ask our members what their views are on police officers having full employment rights.
"This is something I will raise with the national Police Federation of England and Wales colleagues in the coming days."
An FAQ document from the Home Office about how the additional 1% non-consolidated payment should be implemented is available here for information.