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Pay reivew will only short change' cops

PUBLISHED: 17:14 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:06 23 August 2010

THE chairman of a police federation has slammed plans by the Home Secretary to introduce a police pay review body as another attempt to short change police officers . Jacqui Smith announced last Wednesday that there would be an eight-week consultation p

THE chairman of a police federation has slammed plans by the Home Secretary to introduce a police pay review body as "another attempt to short change police officers".

Jacqui Smith announced last Wednesday that there would be an eight-week consultation process for the new proposals, replacing the current Police Negotiating Board, which negotiates pay and terms of employment for the police. Ian Pointon, chairman of Kent Police Federation said the latest proposal showed it was time for Ms Smith to leave her role as Home Secretary.

He said: "The Home Secretary has shown herself to be petty and unworthy of the high office she holds. Instead of fighting crime police are fighting for fair pay, a fight they have to conduct with both hands tied behind their backs." In her ministerial statement she says the reason for the proposals is the failure to reach an agreement with the police over a multi year pay deal. The consultation is due to finish on November 5.

It comes months after the Home Secretary decided not to back date to September a 2.5 per cent pay rise for police, meaning that this would mean only a 1.9 per cent rise.

Her decision in December last year caused uproar amongst police officers. A spokesperson for the Home Office said: "An independent review recommended introducing a police pay review body to improve the effectiveness of police officer pay arrangements. "We made clear four months ago to the staff side of the Police Negotiating Board that if an agreement was not reached on police pay we would have to take steps to introduce a police pay review body. Despite us offering a three-year deal there was a failure to agree. We now have no option but to push forward with consulting on how to implement a new pay review body.

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