Paddy Tipping welcomes police pay boost but asks questions about funding

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Confirmation that police officers will benefit from a salary boost this year has been welcomed by Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping.

Earlier today (12 Sept 2017) the government announced that it plans to lift the long-running 1% cap on public sector pay increases from next year and revealed that police officers will receive a 1% pay increase plus a one-off 1% bonus for 2017-18.

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Commenting afterwards, the Commissioner said: “This is good news but I know that officers want to see increases in their base pay, not a one-off bonus.

“However, any increase costs money and with the rise coming from the police budget this is yet another call on our scarce resources. In Nottinghamshire, we have worked incredibly hard to find the means to recruit 200 additional officers in 2017/18 and I don’t want to see that put at risk.”

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Nationally, the 1% bonus will cost £50m between September 2017 and September 2018. In Nottinghamshire alone, the 1% bonus will cost £0.6m this year (from 1 September 2017 – 31 March 2018). Next year, the extra 1% will cost a further £1.1m. At this stage, these extra sums are not in the confirmed budget.

Revealing that he is in discussions with the Home Office regarding the source of funding to pay for future increases in remuneration, Paddy Tipping said: “The government has said that this pay award will be funded within our existing budgets which means an unexpected £.6m burden on the budget midway through the year.

“While this is one challenge, it is one I believe we can meet, but this is not a sustainable position going forward.

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“The announcement today, on top of the current flat cash settlement, means that there will difficult and painful decisions for next year’s budget I’m pressing the government, for fair pay for the police and more importantly fair funding for the police service.”

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