NPCC tells Home Secretary 'we deserve better'

National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) chair Martin Hewitt has written to Home Secretary Priti Patel asking her to reconsider her decision to offer a zero per cent pay increase.

Aug 4, 2021
By Website Editor
Martin Hewitt – National Police Chiefs’ Council chair. Picture: PA

Last week, police representatives marched on Downing Street after it was announced that officers who earn more than £24,000 will be subject to a pay freeze this year, compared with NHS staff who will receive a three per cent increase, and firefighters and local government workers who will receive 1.5 per cent.

In his letter to the Home Secretary this week, seen by the PA news agency, Mr Hewitt said: “There is no question that properly rewarding our incredible people is now a significant issue of concern for chief constables. We simply believe they deserve better and that it is the responsibility of government to address this across the forthcoming spending period.”

Mr Hewitt cited the role performed by police staff during the pandemic, which has often seen frontline officers deployed “at significant personal risk to them and their families. For many it feels unfair and that their contribution is undervalued.

“And, unlike other parts of the public service, officers do not have the option of industrial action to make their case more strongly. As the Government makes spending decisions over coming months, we urge you to fund a settlement which properly reflects the important and complex work police officers do, and starts to address the pay shortfall.”

The letter comes after the Police Federation of England and Wales, which represents more than 130,000 officers from the rank of constable to chief inspector, passed a motion of no confidence in Ms Patel last month over pay.

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