Theresa May gives in and scraps the public sector pay cap

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14 September, 2017

Speaking in the Commons, Mrs May said: "A calculation suggests that a new police officer in 2010, thanks to progression pay and annual basic salary increases and the increase in the personal allowance, which is a tax cut for people, would have actually seen an increase in their pay of over £9,000 since 2010 - a real terms increase of 32%".

That was rejected by one Labour MP, Louise Haigh, who said the recommendation was for the Treasury, not police forces, to fund a pay rise above one per cent.

The Police and Crime Commissioners of West Midlands Police and West Mercia Police have also warned that pay rises for officers could lead to recruitment of replacement officers being axed.

Yesterday the government announced it would be scrapping the 1% cap on public sector pay that has been in place since 2010.

Steve White, the chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said many would be "angry and deflated" at their pay award. However, they expect to be paid suitably for the immensely demanding role they perform and this simply is not the case.

Asked if the cap was over, he said: "The answer is yes".

"Anything less means that dedicated public servants are worse off again and they have been made worse off every year for the past seven years". "While it is a step in the right direction, the government should have done this sooner but we don't feel that non-consolidated pay awards are the way forward".

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady branded the increases for police and prison officers "pathetic", on a day when the latest inflation figures showed prices rising by 2.9% annually. This isn't a pay rise, it's a pay cut.

The Home Office said overall police spending has been protected in real terms since 2015 and the police's independent inspectorate has highlighted the potential for further efficiencies.

'If ministers think a derisory rise like this will deal with the staffing crisis in our public services, they are sorely mistaken, ' she said. "It can't be loaded on to our already-stretched public services".

On the Huffington Post, Paul Waugh writes: "The PM's spokesman told us the Cabinet recognised the need for "more flexibility", but you can't pay the bills with flexibility".

Dave Prentis, general secretary at Unison, added: "It's a tiny step in the right direction but not almost enough". There must be no selective lifting of the cap. "With inflation on the rise, the cap must go for everyone and it must go now".


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