Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has described the 2% police officer pay increase announced yesterday (24 July 2018) as real smack in the face for officers in England and Wales.
He pointed out that in May this year the newly appointed Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, said, speaking at the Police Federation Conference: “…For those of you who stand on the frontline, be in no doubt, I will be standing with you.”
And: “...Let’s reset the relationship between the government and the police.”
Hardyal Dhindsa said today: “I’m not sure that a pay increase that doesn’t even meet the current rate of inflation is going to reset anything in a positive fashion.”
He added: “This is an unfunded increase which comes at a time when all forces are financially stretched, but our people are our most valuable asset. The public want to see police officers paid appropriately and I remain committed to securing a fair pay deal for our officers. They have had years of austerity. They are tired, they are over-stretched and now, they have a pay deal that doesn’t even cover inflation.
“In fact, this increase is likely to work out at an increase of about £10 a month for those at the lower end of the pay scale. This is not how our officers should be rewarded.
“Yet again, this Government has proved that it cannot be trusted. The Home Secretary’s words ring rather hollow now.
“I am absolutely determined to continue to lobby for a fair funding deal for policing.”
Posted on Wednesday 25th July 2018