Chair's response to the 2018 Spring Statement

14 March 2018

 PFEW Chair Calum Macleod

PFEW Chair Calum Macleod

Calum Macleod, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales said: “To hear the Chancellor announce a growth in the UK economy of 1.7% should signal good news to come for the 120,000 police officers in England and Wales who have been hit by austerity cuts for the past five years. However, like me, they will be bitterly disappointed that Mr Hammond made no mention whatsoever of additional police funding, while he did find a pot of money at the end of a rainbow to provide cash boosts for the NHS and Education.

“Policing has taken a huge financial hit from this government – cutbacks that have seen many forces cut the services they can offer to the public and the near decimation of neighbourhood policing.

“Police officers put themselves in harm’s way day in, day out, and yet the only investment they get from government is nice words and photo opportunities. Where is the recognition in the Spring Statement that demand is increasing, capacity is declining and police officers are run ragged?

“Mr Hammond said there was an increase of 7% above inflation to the wages of people of the lowest income since 2015; yet the reality is that police officers have seen a pay cut of 15% in real terms since 2010.

“The Government needs to open its eyes to the needs of the public and properly invest in the police service, so that police officers also see the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ that the Chancellor spoke about.”