Gwynne backs police officers in pay dispute with government

WhatsApp Image 2017-09-14 at 12.10.02Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has reacted with anger towards the Government as they announced their pay settlement for police officers for 2017/18.

On Tuesday 10 September, the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) announced their recommendations for the 2017/18 pay settlement. The Policing Remuneration Review Body recommend a 2% consolidated pay rise to all pay points for federate and superintending ranks.[1]

At PMQs the next day the Prime Minister claimed that the government had accepted the independent body’s recommendations in full, this is untrue. Instead the Government has offered a 1% pay rise and a 1% one-off non-consolidated payment to officers at federated and superintending ranks. The additional 1% is non-pensionable.

Furthermore, the Government confirmed in their response that the new pay settlement would be unfunded. This means that already over-stretched police forces that had budgeted for a 1% pay increase will now have to find additional funds to cover a further 1% increase backdated from 1st September for one year. The Metropolitan Police estimates this will cost them £10.5m, West Yorkshire and West Midlands both estimate it will cost them 80 frontline officers.[2]

Across Greater Manchester the force has lost 1,445 police officers and 37 Police Community Support Officers (PSCOs) between 2010 and 2015.[3]

Andrew Gwynne said:

“Yesterday the Prime Minister claimed that police officers had seen a 32% pay-rise since 2010. But the truth is that only 4% of new-starters have seen such a pay-rise and the vast majority have seen their pay fall by up to £6,000.

“Greater Manchester Police has lost 1,500 officers since 2010. There is real fear that this cynical deception of a pay deal, with police forces asked to foot the bill, will lead to further losses.”

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/police-remuneration-review-body-report-2017

[2] https://coventryobserver.co.uk/news/government-must-find-money-for-scrapping-public-sector-pay-cap-says-police-chief-2235/

[3] http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/greater-manchester-police-officers-cuts-10144627

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