Every police officer is promised they will be better off under a pay deal which will also modernise conditions of service. Each is to receive a minimum of £400 a year on top of their annual index-linked percentage rise due this September.Originally pay rises were to be targeted at frontline officers in return for a cut in excessive overtime payments. The new deal, which rank and file officers have voted to accept, ensures everyone will have a basic pay increase and some will also benefit from special priority payments recognising the challenge of duties at the sharp end of policing.
The Home Office says the deal lays the foundation for delivering a wider reform agenda. Officers will be expected to work more flexibly, without incurring automatic overtime payments. The overtime bill will be reduced by 15% over the three years from 2003/4 with savings ploughed back into providing more front-line officers.
There will also be a tightening up on the numbers of officers opting for ill-health retirement, new measures and sanctions to deal with poor attendance and greater part-time working. The new deal also closes a loophole on sick pay, ending a system where officers could receive half pay almost indefinitely by returning to work for short periods.
Links: www.policereform.gov.uk and www.polfed.org.uk