This Coalition Govt has made so many U Turns already Home Secretary Theresa May lead by example stand up to your leader and tell him when you get your policies right we will praise it but when you get your polices wring we can make a u turn to rethink through your polices.
The government-commissioned review of police pay and conditions recommended yesterday that a huge range of payments to serving police officers should be abolished and their wages cut, in some 40 per cent of cases by up to £4,000 a year.
Ex-rail regulator Tom Winsor’s report called for increased payments of up to £2,000 a year for so-called front-line police, with an allowance of £1,200 for detectives, firearms and neighbourhood policing teams.
But all other officers, in particular those with police-station based jobs and support services such as training, would lose out and no officer would move up the pay scale for two years.
The report sought to scrap time-and-a-half for weekends and to dump many of the allowances which made up police pay.
But the Police Federation said that its members had been singled out because they could not fight back.
Federation chairman Ian McKeever said that the size of the cuts went far beyond those for other sectors, proportionately three times greater than those in the Ministry of Defence.
But with no recourse to strike action there was very little they could do, he said.
The federation had mounted legal challenges and lobbied Parliament, and off-duty officers had demonstrated in the past.
But officers could not fight back in the same way as unions, and the barrage of pay cuts, pension contributions and redundancies was building to “a perfect storm.”
“Many of our officers are now worried about heating their houses and looking after their families.
“We would say they have got a right to be.”
The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) had warned the government on Monday that its planned funding cuts of 20 per cent over the next four years could mean firing 28,000 staff – a full 12 per cent of its workforce.
Of these 12,000 would be front-line officers, Acpo estimated, while an additional 16,000 would come from civilian support staff numbers.
Unison general secretary Dave Prentis, whose union represents support staff, said he feared that the figures were “just the tip of the iceberg,” with 350 redundancies in the last three months alone.
Support staff were vital to police work and cuts in their ranks posed a huge danger to the community, he said.
“999 call handlers, forensic technicians, scenes of crime officers, detention officers, crime and incident advisors, community support officers and criminal bureau investigators all give police officers the backing they need.”
Crime rates would soar without them, he said.
The Winsor report did not envisage staff cuts on the scale feared by Acpo. Indeed it did not attempt to quantify them, but instead sought to cut at least £485 million out of the police budget with reductions in terms and conditions.
Tory Home Secretary Theresa May had defended pay cuts at Sunday’s Conservative Party conference, saying that she had commissioned the review to keep officers on the streets.
“I know that some will reject in principle the very idea of reviewing pay and conditions, but I remind them that those savings will save the jobs of thousands of police men and women,” she claimed.