21 September 2022
The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) has written to the new Chancellor of the Exchequer Rt. Hon. Kwasi Kwarteng MP, to raise the concerns of our 139,000 memberships in relation to pay and working conditions and offer to work constructively with him going forward to affect positive change.
On behalf of our members, we have made clear this year’s pay award, which came after the pay freeze of 2020, will barely be sufficient to meet heightened energy costs this winter. We are now in a situation where we have one in seven police officers struggling to cover their monthly essentials.
PFEW has made it clear that it is critical that we work together to guarantee a fair and proportionate pay rise for officers in 2023.
We recognise our new Chancellor will face an immense financial challenge and we can provide our expertise as the undisputed voice of policing to help ease the cost-of-living crisis for our members. It is important we establish ways to work together to deliver for our membership so they can deliver for their communities across England and Wales.