17 June 2020
Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) delegates at a virtual conference earlier today have voted through a motion to increase member subscriptions.
Members will now pay an extra £2 a month from September onwards representing the first increase in subs since 2011.
While the new monthly cost of being a member amounts to £23.58 a month for the wide range of support, advice and services that are provided by the Federation, individuals will actually only pay £18.86 when tax relief is applied.
In a joint statement issued after a vote by Federation representatives from across England and Wales, national Federation chair John Apter and secretary Alex Duncan said: “Increasing subscription rates for our members was not a decision we have come to lightly. In an ideal world we would have been able to continue as we had but, after almost 10 years of subscriptions being frozen, we reached the point that doing nothing was not an option.”
“For a number of years, PFEW has bridged the gap between income and expenditure by using reserves. This is not sustainable in the longer term as costs continue to rise due to inflation.
“This decision allows the Federation to continue to do the very best it can for our members and to represent them to the best of our ability.
They added: “PFEW’s National Board recommended the increase after considering it was in the best interests of the members, and the organisation. Having avoided any increase in subscriptions for a decade when colleagues suffered years of austerity and pay freezes, this increase was essential to allow current levels of support and assistance for members to be maintained.”
Delegates voted in favour of three motions, all with effect from 1 September 2020:
The virtual conference was organised after the annual national Police Federation conference, which would have been held in Manchester yesterday and today, was cancelled due to coronavirus. Last year’s conference was also cancelled, as a result of a cyber-attack on PFEW.
The online conference began with the national chair welcoming delegates to the Microsoft Teams event before national treasurer Simon Kempton outlined why it was felt necessary to increase subscriptions and how it was decided to seek a £2 a month rise. Delegates’ pre-submitted questions were also answered before a series of votes.