A salary freeze for police personnel has been confirmed, despite strong opposition.
The Government has revealed plans for a bitterly contested wage freeze for police personnel.
Home Secretary Priti Patel claimed the freeze would affect police officers earning more than £24,000 in a written ministerial statement to the Commons yesterday. Those with lower incomes will receive a £250 annual raise.
“As laid out in the Spending Review (2020), headline pay rises for the majority of public sector workforces will be paused in 2021-22,” she said.
“Rewarding those who have played a vital role in the fight against the virus with a pay freeze is nothing short of a disgrace,” said John Apter, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, which represents rank and file officers, when the plans were announced in the Spending Review last November.
“This is a setback for cops who have served the country so heroically throughout the pandemic,” Labour shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said.