Pay award delay is simply not good enough

19 July 2017

PFEW Chair Steve White

PFEW Chair Steve White

Today’s confirmation that the police pay award announcement will not be made until September will cause extra frustration to an already exasperated workforce.

The Home Office confirmed that the police pay award will not be announced until after parliament returns from the summer recess on 5 September.

Steve White, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “At a time when it’s never been more critical to support our police service, this delay does little to enamour officers who already feel undervalued.”

While any pay increase will be backdated until the beginning of September, many officers will be left out of pocket for months after.

Mr White said: “Changes simply do not happen overnight. Forces need time to implement any changes in salary and many won’t now see the benefits until closer to Christmas.”

The delay comes despite the Police Federation meeting an earlier than normal deadline for submitting evidence to the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) in December 2016 and the PRRB themselves meeting their deadline for submitting its recommendations to the government.

Mr White added: “One of the key elements of creating the PRRB was to set out a process that allows any pay award to be implemented from September. We worked tirelessly to submit our evidence in a timely fashion and the least the government can do is honour their side of the process.”

Addressing officers and the Home Secretary at the Police Federation’s Annual Conference in May, Steve White made it clear that the government must remove the shackles from the PRRB and allow them to be the independent body they are supposed to be. This was further echoed by Mr White today.

“Restricting the ability to implement recommendations based on solid, detailed evidence, hardly embraces an independent approach. The pay body process should be consistent across the public sector and government alike.”