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GMP Federation

PFEW Pay and Morale Survey: “There is a significant issue with morale within the police service."

18 November 2019

82% of Greater Manchester Police officers who responded to the Police Federation of England and Wales Pay and Morale survey are dissatisfied with their pay - and more than half of officers said they have low morale.

79% of respondents from Greater Manchester Police felt that they were worse off financially than they were five years ago and 17% of respondents from reported never or almost never having enough money to cover all their essentials.

58% of respondents from Greater Manchester Police said that their morale is currently low while 92% of respondents felt that morale within the force is currently low.

Stu Berry, Chairman of Greater Manchester Police Federation, called on all prospective MPs and the future Government to make policing and police officers a priority.

He added: “There is a significant issue with morale within the police service.

“With the cuts to police officer numbers, pay and pensions over the past decade there has been an inevitable decline in satisfaction across the spectrum of our members.

“Workloads and demand have significantly increased as Police Numbers have been slashed. We've seen evidence of soaring increases in Police assaults as pay and conditions have been eroded.

“It is clear that whoever is in power over the next five years, much more must be done to address these issues to attract and retain a dedicated workforce.”

347 responses were received from Greater Manchester Police. Other results included that 72% of respondents said that they would not recommend joining the police to others.

And 11% said they had an intention to leave the police service either within the next 2 years or as soon as possible.

Stu concluded: “We would call on the Police Remuneration Review Body to take note of these results in its recommendation for a police officer pay rise in 2020. And equally for the future Home Secretary to sign off paying police officers what we are worth.”

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