This is the warning from Gareth Jones, chair of Dyfed Powys Police Federation, in response to the Home Office’s submission to the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) that the recent funding settlement provides for a pay uplift of “at least two per cent” in the 2022/23 financial year.
Gareth said: “With inflation currently soaring at 5.4 per cent we need a rise of at least that just to stand still – anything less would be a pay cut, on top of a decade of pay freezes and below inflation pay rises.
“It would be an insult to our hard-working police officers, many of whom are already struggling to heat their homes and feed their families with household bills, petrol and other essentials all rising. My colleagues are not unrealistic about the pressure on the public purse, and all we are asking for is a little basic fairness from this Government.
“The pay freeze we had after Covid was a slap in the face and a below inflation increase would be another blow to our ability to recruit and retain officers.”
The national Federation’s recent pay and morale survey, released last week, revealed more than one in ten officers regularly struggled to cover the cost of essential items.
Disenchantment with current salary rewards was also clear, with a record 92 per cent of police officers saying they were not fairly paid for the stresses and strain of their job, while 66 per cent claimed they were unfairly paid compared to other key workers.
Ché Donald, national Federation vice-chair, said: “Given that police officer pay has fallen by 20 per cent in real terms since 2010, I can only assume the Home Office recommendation of a two per cent pay award to the Police Remuneration Review Body contains a typo and missed out the much needed zero after the two to make 20.
“Anything else is not just grossly unfair, it is disgusting and shows just how little this Government really values police officers.”