“I welcome the pay rise, of course, but I would hardly describe it as ‘ inflation busting’”

Those were the words of Staffordshire Police Federation Chairman Keith Jervis following the announcement today that police officers will be receiving a 2.5% pay rise in 2019.

The Home Office announced it will accept in full the recommendations of the Police Pay and Remuneration Body (PRRB) which is the independent body which advises the Government on what police officers should be paid.

It is the first time in three years that this has happened, with the Government previously attracting criticism for ignoring the PRRB’s recommendations regarding pay increases.

Keith added: “After so many years of derisory 1% public sector pay awards - and the Government failing to honour previous recommendations by the independent police pay and remuneration body - officers will need to see year on year rises like this, to make sure pay rewards the demands placed upon them and the risks involved in policing.

“Communities also need to know that if local chief officers are to finance this pay rise rather than central government, then this may affect the budget to resource other areas of policing.

“I would call for at least 2.5% year upon year to eventually restore officers to where they should have been after years of austerity.”

In a statement from The Police Federation of England and Wales they called today’s 2.5% pay award for police officers “a small step in the right direction” but demanded the Government must do more to make up for years of real-terms pay cuts.

Reacting to the news PFEW National Chair John Apter said: “Police officers have suffered nine years of pay freezes and pay caps. So while this pay award represents the highest received since 2010 it is not what we and the Police Superintendents’ Association jointly asked for - however it is better than the derisory rise our members were given last year.

“And it is positive to see the Government abiding by proper process and accepting all the recommendations of the PRRB which it has failed to do for the past two years. But this must be just the start of getting police officers pay back to the level it should be.”

The pay rise – which will come into effect on 1 September 2019 – equates to around an extra £1,000* of pensionable salary a year for a constable.

Mr Apter continued: “This rise does little to redress the 18% real term pay cut our members have experienced over the past nine years, and the Government must go further.

“Before the next pay award, the Chancellor will announce the results of the Comprehensive Spending Review – and that must include substantial, centrally-funded investment to ensure the service is fully and properly resourced – encompassing a significant, real-term rise in officer pay

“We have heard a lot of promises about the future of policing made by the two candidates vying to become Prime Minister – but whoever takes over must ensure that they commit the necessary funding to make these promises a reality, and to ensure the public gets the police service it needs and deserves,” Mr Apter said.

As well as the pay rise, which is applicable across all ranks, the Government announced:

  • An increase in the on-call allowance from £15 to £20 per 24-hour period for all Federated ranks,
  • A 2.5% uplift in the Dog Handlers’ allowance,
  • A 2.5% uplift in London weighting, and
  • No change for apprentice and degree holder progression pay, which means those joining the service will continue to receive the current incremental pay rises through their probationary period.

* This takes into account salary plus allowances.”