The monthly subscription will go up to £23.58 but this will amount to £18.86 in real terms once tax relief is applied.
The increase to subscriptions, the first since 2011, was one of three motions put forward to delegates from across the country at a Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) virtual conference held yesterday. Delegates voted in favour of all three, all with effect from 1 September 2020:
In a joint statement issued after the conference, national Federation chair John Apter and secretary Alex Duncan said the decision to increase subs would allow the Federation to continue to do the ‘very best’ it could for members and represent them to ‘the best of our ability’.
They explained: “PFEW’s National Board recommended the increase after considering it was in the best interests of the members, and the organisation. Having avoided any increase in subscriptions for a decade when colleagues suffered years of austerity and pay freezes, this increase was essential to allow current levels of support and assistance for members to be maintained.
“For a number of years, PFEW has bridged the gap between income and expenditure by using reserves. This is not sustainable in the longer term as costs continue to rise due to inflation.
“Increasing subscription rates for our members was not a decision we have come to lightly. In an ideal world we would have been able to continue as we had but, after almost 10 years of subscriptions being frozen, we reached the point that doing nothing was not an option.”
The virtual conference was organised after the annual national Police Federation conference which would have been held over two days in Manchester this week was cancelled due to coronavirus. Last year’s conference was also cancelled, as a result of a cyber-attack on PFEW.
The online conference began with the national chair welcoming delegates to the Microsoft Teams event before national treasurer Simon Kempton outlined why it was felt necessary to increase subscriptions and how it was decided to seek a £2 a month rise. Delegates’ pre-submitted questions were also answered before a series of votes.