Following the news of a pay freeze for police officers in November 2020, PFEW launched a national campaign on behalf of members with the aim to reset police-Government relations and fight for a fairer pay system that acknowledges the tremendous efforts of police officers who risk their lives every day to keep our communities safe and considers the extra pressure of increased inflation on living costs.
Our members have suffered a 20 per cent real-terms cut in their pay since 2010. This figure is set to increase further with costs of living set to rise substantially and inflation at the highest level this decade.
The current pay mechanism is overseen by the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) established to conduct an independent ‘evidence-based approach’ to determine police officer pay. However, the PRRB itself is limited to considering matters directly requested by Government, inhibiting the independence of the body and making the process ineffective and unfair.
Aims and objectives
PFEW’s fair pay campaign calls for an alternative to the unjust police pay review mechanism that has impacted officers for years and been the source of disputes with successive governments.
PFEW has gathered compelling data from members via various surveys throughout the last year to demonstrate the need for the Government to pay officers fairly.
It is our ambition that our campaign will result in an independently fair pay mechanism for police officer pay and conditions that officers and staff associations have confidence in.
The Federation withdraws from the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) after recommendations were again disregarded by the Government, seeing officers with no uplift in pay despite the efforts and challenges faced during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Federation and colleagues from across England and Wales hand-delivers a letter to the Prime Minister and Chancellor setting out our withdrawal based on the zero per cent pay award for police officers, disregarding their personal efforts and sacrifices during the pandemic.
PFEW trialled a number of hashtags to support the impact of the pay campaign. The top two impactful hashtags with the wider public and members were:
#PayOurPolice and #PoliceUnderPressure
PFEW HQ led a myth-busting campaign around the current pay and conditions for police officers and ran multiple op-eds in national newspapers to raise awareness of the campaign.
PFEW coordinated public polling through a specialist research team, we found that support for the police is high among both Labour Switchers and those in minority seats, additionally, there is support for police pay rises; with four in five supporting a pay increase at the next opportunity. Around three-quarters of respondents thought it is the responsibility of government to ensure police are paid fairly.
You can read the results of the public polling here.
The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW), the Superintendents’ Association (PSA) and the Chief Police Officers' Staff Association (CPOSA) discuss the legal options available to the staff associations.
PFEW ran our Pay and Morale campaign to gather data on the current conditions faced by police officers.
Pay and Morale Survey reveals:
A Judicial Review is filed after a letter before action is sent putting the Government on notice that court proceedings could be brought forward
PFEW launched a member pay poll to gather further evidence so we can continue lobbying the Government for a fair pay increase.
Overall 57,451 officers responded revealing:
PFEW successfully held its largest parliamentary engagement event in recent years, speaking directly to more than 50 MPs to rally support for its core campaigns.
At the House of Commons, national and local Federation reps conversed with MPs, Lords, and police and crime commissioners, including Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, Tom Pursglove MP, Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, Louie French MP, our parliamentary sponsor, former Home Secretary Priti Patel and former Policing Minister Kit Malthouse.
Productive discussions were held focussing on the pressures faced by police officers, lack of investment and the need for fair pay, conditions and recognition.