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Police pay recommendations 'fair'

Principles set out in Winsor Review will progress to next stage of consideration says Theresa May.

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Recommendations made by Tom Winsor earlier this month will now be considered by the Police Negotiating Board and Police Advisory Board for England and Wales.

The Home Secretary has asked for a response on the wide-ranging review of police pay and conditions by the end of July.

Best police service in the world

Theresa May said: ‘We have the best police service in the world and I am clear that police officers should be rewarded fairly and reasonably for what they do. That is why I asked Tom Winsor to undertake one of the most comprehensive reviews of police pay and conditions for more than thirty years.
‘I have considered his latest report and I believe that the principles he sets out provide the right framework for fair and sustainable arrangements for remuneration and conditions of service. 
‘As a result of these considerations, I will direct the Police Negotiating Board and Police Advisory Board for England and Wales to consider Tom Winsor’s recommendations as a matter of urgency and report back to me by the end of July. 

‘I’m determined that we do all that we can to protect jobs.  We struck a tough but fair settlement for the police in the spending review but with a record budget deficit, we face extraordinary circumstances.

‘With 80 per cent of the police budget spent on staff, changes to pay and conditions have to be part of efforts to protect police jobs, keep officers on the streets and cut crime.’

Read the written ministerial statement

Next steps

In line with all decisions on changes to police pay and conditions, the Police Negotiating Board (PNB) have to discuss recommendations fully before they can be introduced.

The PNB is made up of representatives from the Home Office, the Association of Police Authorities, the Association of Chief Police Officers and officer staff associations.

Published 31 March 2011