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Police Federation of England and Wales no longer has confidence in home secretary, calling pay freeze ‘last straw’ | UK News


The Police Federation of England and Wales says it no longer has confidence in Home Secretary Priti Patel and has branded a pay freeze for officers “the
last straw”.

The physique, which represents rank-and-file officers, has additionally withdrawn its assist and engagement from the Police Remuneration Review Body, labelling the present pay mechanism ‘not match for objective’.

It added that officers “overwhelmingly supported” the measures.

The Federation says officers ‘overwhelmingly assist’ the assertion that they’ve no confidence in Priti Patel as home secretary

National Chair John Apter mentioned: “The move follows Wednesday’s pay announcement and Home Secretary Priti Patel’s claim that the government ‘recognises the bravery, commitment and professionalism’ of police officers, while offering no improved financial package to our members to illustrate that is the case.”

“I cannot look my colleagues in the eye and do nothing,” Mr Apter added.

The authorities introduced yesterday it might give NHS employees in England a 3% pay rise backdated to April 2021 to recognise their pandemic efforts throughout an “unprecedented year” – however the sum was blasted as “paltry” and “shambolic”.

And Ms Patel confirmed that these incomes greater than £24,000 could be hit by a pay freeze, with these incomes lower than this sum to be given an annual rise of £250.

In an announcement launched on Thursday following a National Council assembly, the Police Federation mentioned there’s “enormous anger” amongst officers, with many believing the federal government “takes them for granted and treats them with contempt”.

“The warm words officers heard from the home secretary and the prime minister at PFEW’s (Police Federation of England and Wales) recent annual conference have not been backed up with action,” the assertion reads.

Riot police observe England fans celebrating in Piccadilly Circus, central London, after England qualified for the Euro 2020 final, winning their semi final match against Denmark. Picture date: Wednesday July 7, 2021.

The Police Federation say their officers have been on the entrance line for 18 months of the pandemic and whereas others are getting a pay rise, they’re receiving ‘nothing’

“This week’s pay announcement essentially amounts to a pat cut. It is an insult to the thousands of brave men and women who do so much for their communities.”

And Mr Apter added: “We often hear the home secretary praise police officers but our members are so angry with this government.

“They have been on the frontline of this pandemic for 18 months and will now see different public companies given pay will increase whereas they obtain nothing.

“At the beginning of this pandemic they endured PPE shortages and were not even prioritised for the vaccination.

“They proceed to be politicised and this pay announcement is the ultimate straw.

“As the organisation that represents more than 130,000 police officers I can say quite categorically – we have no confidence in the current home secretary. I cannot look my colleagues in the eye and do nothing.”

Nurses and NHS workers from the campaign group NHS Workers Say No, and Unite's Guys and St Thomas Hospital Union branch

Unions representing NHS workers have referred to as the three% pay rise ‘paltry’

The home secretary introduced the pay freeze for law enforcement officials in a written ministerial assertion on Wednesday.

“This is in order to ensure fairness between public and private sector wage growth, as the private sector was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the form of reduced hours, suppressed earnings growth and increased redundancies, whilst the public sector was largely shielded from these effects,” the assertion learn.

But the Federation, that represents officers from the rank of constable to chief inspector, mentioned officers had already suffered an 18% pay minimize in actual phrases in the house of a decade.

The authorities additionally acquired backlash from instructing unions on Wednesday night, with college leaders describing the affirmation of a pay freeze for academics as a “slap in the face”.

In one other written ministerial assertion, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson mentioned the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) had really useful a pay award of £250 for all academics incomes lower than £24,000.

Paul Whiteman, normal secretary of NAHT, the most important union for college leaders, mentioned: “School leaders and academics might be rightly indignant that the federal government’s pay freeze will ship yet one more a 3-4% actual phrases pay minimize subsequent 12 months, primarily based on the Treasury’s personal predictions of inflation.

Simon Cotterill, head teacher of Manor Park School and Nursery in Knutsford, Cheshire, sits in a classroom

Education unions have additionally expressed their unhappiness with the pay freeze for college academics

“The teaching profession has long struggled to recruit and retain school leaders – NAHT’s survey evidence shows that the leadership pipeline is broken at all career stages.”

And unions representing medical professionals had been additionally sad with the three% pay rise supply, backdated to April 2021, for nurses, paramedics, consultants, dentists and salaried GPs.

The authorities says that for the common nurse, this may imply a further £1,000 a 12 months. And the additional sum is predicted to equate to round £540 for cleaners and porters.

But the Royal College of Nursing interim normal secretary and chief government Pat Cullen mentioned: “After a shambolic day, comes a shambolic announcement.”

Unite nationwide officer for well being Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe described the three% pay advice as “grossly inadequate and underwhelming”.

And Rachel Harrison, GMB nationwide officer, mentioned: “This was the opportunity for government to turn their clapping into genuine recognition. Their response is paltry. They have failed spectacularly.”

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