Police and prison officers' pay cap to be lifted, No 10 says

Frances O'Grady general secretary of the TUC speaking against the public sector pay cap

PAFrances O'Grady general secretary of the TUC speaking against the public sector pay cap

The Police Federation has accused Theresa May of telling the House of Commons a "downright lie" about the level of police pay at Prime Minister's Questions today. The Police Federation boss explained: "When comparing total pay in 2015/2016 to what it was in 2009/2010 it has increased in nominal terms by +2%, but decreased by -16% in real terms".

"A calculation suggests that a new police officer in 2010, thanks to progression pay and annual basic salary increases and the increase in the personal allowance that is a tax cut for people, has actually seen an increase in their pay of over £9,000 since 2010 - a real-terms increase of 32%", she said.

Policing Minister Nick Hurd insisted forces had at least £1.5billion in reserves and could afford the £30million cost of the pay rises. This can not be right.

Elizabeth Truss, chief secretary to the Treasury, said: "Our talented and hardworking public sector workers deserve to have fulfilling jobs that are fairly rewarded and I am pleased to confirm the pay awards for police and prison officers for 2017-18".

"For Theresa May to claim police officers have enjoyed bumper pay rises under the Tories shows just how divorced the prime minister and her government are from reality and from the lives of our hard-working public service workers", said the Labour Party leader.

The Prime Minister's spokesman said raises for all public sector workers in 2018-19 could be greater than 1%, "ending the cap that had been in place for seven years", reports The Guardian.

"This has to be addressed and the government has to be held to account".

It also said that most officers were now at top of their pay scale and so would not benefit from progression payments. How can they abide by their independent pay bodies which recommended an 11% pay rise for MPs but fail to abide by ours, which recommended a 2% consolidated?

Penman also added that with no additional funding, this change will simply heap further pressure on already overstretched departments to make more cuts.

"There is a need for greater flexibility as we look at these issues of public sector pay in the future". Officers have been taking home about 15% less than they were seven years ago.

But Labour said a constable or sergeant had lost £6,100 in real-terms since the start of the decade, because of a pay freeze, followed by the one per cent cap.

Earlier this month, The Sun revealed Mrs May had agreed to end the pay cap to try to reconnect with voters after her election humiliation.

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