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Wiltshire Police Federation

Police officers need a pay rise that 'demonstrates their worth’, says Wiltshire Federation Chair

10 February 2020

The 2020 police officer pay rise submission has been made – with the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) calling for a 5% pay rise for all police officers.

It is also asking for a minimum starting salary of £24,177 for new recruits.

Other submissions to the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) include:

- The removal of the lowest two pay points for Constables, to facilitate recruitment;

- The shortening of the Constables’ and Sergeants’ pay scales;

- The introduction of new top pay scale points for all ranks, to incentivise retention;

- An increase in location and dog-handlers' allowance, and that both London and SE allowances should be increased to be 150% of their current values.

Mark Andrews, Chairman of Wiltshire Police Federation, said: “We need to have a two-pronged attack if we are to increase our numbers; pay a proper starting salary and give existing officers a pay rise that demonstrates their worth. 

“The PFEW recognises the challenges facing us over the next few years and has given the Government good, evidenced ideas.

“It’s over to them now to show they really are a Government of Law and Order.”

All sides submit their recommendations to the independent PRRB, which then submits a paper/recommendation to the Home Secretary Priti Patel, who has a final decision on the pay rise for 2020, usually made in the summer. It will probably kick in in September.

Last year the PRRB recommended 2.5% for officers, which was accepted and implemented in full by the Home Secretary.

John Apter, Chairman of PFEW, said: "This comes on the back of 10 years of austerity measures, which has seen police officers’ pay either frozen or capped, like many other public sector workers, at 1%.

"So a new recruit might be starting now on £18,500. Now, if that stays as it is that means that police officers are on 15p an hour more than the living wage; these are officers who many politicians proclaim to be the bravest in the world and are doing fantastic, great stuff.

"That is completely unacceptable. So we’re calling for an increase for starting pay which will take them to over £24,000, to recognise the role they carry out and the dangers they face, but also an overall pay rise of 5%.

"It doesn’t even fill the gap of the, in real terms, 18% cut in pay that police officers have seen over the past 10 years. But our submission is based on evidence and we think it’s realistic, and the Government must listen.

"If the Government want to retain police officers, if they want to recruit police officers, then they have to pay them fairly. It’s no good standing on the step of Parliament proclaiming how fantastic they are when they don’t give them the pay they deserve."