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Ready reckoner to show true cost of Winsor Review
The Winsor Review has created a ready reckoner for officers to determine exactly what impact the review and its proposals will have on their salary.
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Pension drop-out likely without improved financial literacy
Lord Hutton’s recommendations will be met with anger and compels public sector workers to work longer for a lower pension income, unless the nationwide financial literacy deficit is addressed at the same time, according to Money in Mind, a leading online financial education resource.
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Unison warns of ‘Trojan Horse’ raid on pensions
Unison has warned that the Government will use Lord Hutton’s report as a Trojan horse to raid the pensions of millions of public sector workers, including police staff, prompting it to send a message to its 1.4 million members warning that industrial action is now one step closer.
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Cashing in on reform?
Dr Colin Rogers and James Gravelle examine the implications of the Winsor Review on police pay and conditions.
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ACPO backs ‘win-win’ situation
NEWS
The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has backed the Winsor Review and described it as a “good package” which in the long term will lead to a “win-win” situation.
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Pay
NEWS
On top of the freeze in public sector pay announced last year, the Winsor Review has concluded that the system of pay within ranks, or job categories for police staff, is in need of fundamental reform. It recommends police officers and police staff remain on their present increments for the next two years commencing September 2011. After that, a new system of determining differential pay within a single rank, or job category, should be established.
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Unsocial hours
NEWS
The review concluded it is appropriate to recognise that officers working unsocial hours are doing something which is more onerous than those working normal office hours. It recommended that officers in all federated ranks who work unsocial hours receive a ten per cent supplement on their basic pay for hours between 8pm and 6am.
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Deployment
NEWS
The review recommends radical changes to overtime and payment in lieu of rest days and bank holidays. Time and a third pay for casual overtime should be replaced with plain time. The minimum hours for being recalled between duty should be abolished and instead paid at plain time for the hours worked, with travelling time.
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Competency payments
NEWS
Performance-related pay reintroduced in 2003 came under significant scrutiny of the review. The service has not been successful in establishing and operating a sound, non-bureaucratic, objective and fair system of appraisal of the performance of individual officers, it concluded.
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Allowances
NEWS
The review found that special priority payments (SPPs) have been the most controversial and divisive allowances. However, their significant shortcomings do not mean that a system of paying more to the holders of especially demanding posts, or those with higher responsibilities, is wrong. It recommends the abolition of the SPP regime from August 2011, and replacement with a new payment which recognises the acquisition, and use, of advanced professional skills in policing.
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