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Federation calls for 2.8 per cent pay rise

Police officers should be given a 2.8 per cent pay rise this year, the Police Federation has argued in its annual submission to the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB).

The Federation, in its joint submission with the Superintendents' Association, has asked for the uplift, which would be in line with Retail Price Index (RPI) inflation, despite a one per cent public pay increase limit set by the Treasury.

"This year's pay and morale survey, the largest ever undertaken, once again shows that morale continues to be low. Alongside how officers are treated, pay and benefits remains one of the most significant contributory factors to this," says Andy Fittes, general secretary of the national Police Federation.

"Continuing austerity measures, exacerbated by inflation, have seen police officers hit hard by way of a real terms pay gap. The ability to recruit strong candidates, or recruit full stop, may be impacted if this is not addressed.

"Whilst directed to limit any pay award at one per cent, the independent PRRB must be free to draw its own conclusions based on the evidence presented."

The PRRB also asked submissions to consider both the targeting of pay and observations on proposals to introduce police officer apprenticeships, in relation to setting pay.

Explaining the Federation view on these issues, Andy continued: "We are not against change to the pay system and recognise it needs to change as the service changes. However, chief constables should not be given 'carte blanche' to pay at their discretion. Sufficient time needs to be given for discussions on any new targeting proposals, with clear evidence presented throughout.

"We believe that to maintain fairness, and encourage interest from a range of candidates reflective of their communities, apprentices should be paid in line with existing starting salary bandings. This would allow room for many, especially those with prior policing experience, to attract the higher starting point."

The Police Federation and Superintendents' Association's submission to the PRRB and additional information, including other stakeholder submissions can be viewed on the Federation's PRRB page.