Winsor review delivers on Cameron speech
Tom Winsors review of police pay and pensions has been accused of lacking independence after a speech delivered by David Cameron in 2006 appears to mirror a number of recommendations that have been made in the review.
Tom Winsors review of police pay and
pensions has been accused of lacking independence after a speech delivered by
David Cameron in 2006 appears to mirror a number of recommendations that have
been made in the review.
The Police Federation of England and Wales
(PFEW) spoke out against the former rail regulators proposals again after a
speech made by Mr Cameron came to light in which he called for police reforms
including enabling chief officers to dismiss police, reward skills rather than
just length of service or seniority, scrapping current pension plans and
introducing a flexible police service in which professional experts can enter
the service on direct entry from various backgrounds.
Simon Reed, vice chairman of the PFEW,
said: The Police Federation on behalf of the 136,000 officers we represent
entered into the negotiations on the Winsor proposals in good faith. We
believed that Winsor would be true to his word and we hoped he would produce an
independent report. Now that we have had time to examine the Winsor
recommendations in more detail it has become abundantly clear that Tom Winsor
was always working to the Prime Ministers own agenda. Can it just be an
almighty coincidence that all 180 of Winsors recommendations have been
accepted by the Home Secretary? We dont believe so.
Mr Reed accused the Government of lying and
said that Mr Camerons 2006 speech practically mirrors Mr Winsors recommendations.
He said it is abundantly clear that police reform has never been for fiscal
reasons and that it is based on ideology.
David Cameron clearly stipulated back in
2006 that we needed reforming for reforms sake and now he has conned the police
service and the public by masking his reform package and selling them as
independent recommendations, he added.
In his speech, Mr Cameron said: The need
for police reform is clear. The question is what is the right direction for
that reform to take? My view is clear: its time for a fundamental shake-up of
policing in this country.
First, police forces must be made more
accountable to local communities. Second, police pay and conditions must be
modernised to ensure much better police performance. That means, amongst other
things, making it easier to sack bad officers.
Other points made by Mr Cameron included:
Transferring routine administrative tasks to police staff thereby freeing
officers to tackle crime; scrapping the national policing plan and all of the
associated apparatus of central control; paying officers for skills,
competence and performance; introduce flexibility in pay and conditions; and
reforming police pensions.