ONS figures add to officers’ anger over pay freeze

The secretary of Dyfed Powys Police Federation says new figures which reveal an annual hike in UK average pay of 7.4 per cent are a further kick in the teeth for officers in their pay dispute with the Government.

Roger Webb says the increase in wages across the UK was in stark contrast to the Government’s zero per cent pay offer for officers.

He was speaking after new Office for National Statistics data showed growth in average total pay (including bonuses) was 8.8 per cent, and 7.4 per cent for regular pay (excluding bonuses) in the period between April and June. It also highlighted a record high in the number of UK job vacancies.

Roger said: “They’re a kick in the teeth for the brave, hard-working officers who have sacrificed so much and put themselves in harm’s way to protect the public throughout the pandemic

“Our members will understandably feel angry, frustrated and betrayed.

“There’s no doubt it sends out the wrong message about policing at a time when we’re trying to recruit desperately-needed new officers to the service, and to retain our existing, experienced colleagues too.

“The Government needs to look again at the pay award and recognise it’s unfair for officers to be left behind.”

Roger’s comments come as Ché Donald, national vice-chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, also spoke out on the ONS figures.

He said: “My colleagues will be dismayed by the news that some sectors are clearly receiving sky high wage rises while police officers receive nothing. They will be fully justified in feeling further betrayed by the unfairness of this news.

“Police officers who were on the frontline of the pandemic have already seen firefighters and local government workers in England given a 1.5 per cent increase.

“The ONS has now said the UK employment situation has been rebounding ‘robustly,’ and this new data will be viewed as further evidence all sectors were not treated equally by this government.

“It is yet another example of why we have lost confidence in a government which deliberately took full advantage of our unique status as public servants without the same employment rights as other members of society.”