Chancellor urged to act on police pay

Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb has called on the Chancellor to ensure his public sector pay freeze has thawed by guaranteeing officers a substantial rise in wages.

Roger said that any wage rise below the cost of living was, effectively, a pay cut and urged Rishi Sunak to give certainty on his proposed increase.

Roger was commenting on the Chancellor’s budget statement in which he announced an end to the public sector pay freeze.

“Of course, we welcome this announcement but we now need to see it backed up with actions,” said Roger.

“We need certainty that the public sector pay freeze is indeed thawing and include a rise in pay for officers that is above inflation.

“Anything below the cost of living is another cut to officers’ pay in real terms, and we’ve had too many of those over the last decade.

“Officers have a unique role in society and have been on the frontline of the fight against the pandemic, and it’s only right they receive a fair wage for their work.”

The Federation’s national vice-chair, Ché Donald, echoed the comments, calling on the Government to level up police pay so inflation is taken into account, and to make sure they receive a fair wage for an increasingly difficult job.

“Police officers were shoddily treated by this Government and rewarded for their dedication and professionalism during the pandemic with a zero per cent increase, which was a real terms pay cut,” said Ché.

“While we welcome the Chancellor’s decision to end the unfair pay freeze for some public sector workers, this must result in an increase of more than the four per cent inflation figure he predicted for 2022, if it is to make a positive difference.

“As well as a real term pay increase, we urgently need a fair pay mechanism which is independent of Government interference and delivers a binding outcome to restore trust and faith in the police pay process as anything less is just populist political fanfare.”