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Officers' pay falls by 2 per hour

A new report for Government pay advisers has revealed that police officers' average wages have fallen by 2 per hour as a result of the public sector salary freezes.

The report was released amid growing calls for the Government to lift its one per cent cap on public sector pay rises.

It was commissioned by the Office of Manpower Economics which offers support to the various independent bodies making recommendations on public sector pay to the Government.

"This report just confirms what we have been saying all along - our pay is falling in real terms," says Tiff Lynch, chairman of Leicestershire Police Federation.

"It also shows that the very workers who provide essential public services are being hit hardest through the Government's austerity measures. Teachers, doctors, nurses and prison officers - just like the police - have seen their wages fall in real terms and it's time that the Government tackled this issue."