Plan to slash police recruit pay attacked

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POLICE federations have reacted angrily to proposals to push ahead with a cut in officers’ starting salaries despite a decision on introducing compulsory redundancy into forces being delayed until next year.

Yesterday, the independent Police Arbitration Tribunal (PAT) announced its decision on the Winsor report – the widest-ranging review of pay and conditions in the service for more than 30 years.

The PAT was called in after the Police Negotiating Board (PNB) – made up of police and Government representatives – failed to agree on proposals which include giving chief constables the right to make officers redundant if budget cuts are needed, ending the prospect of a job for life.

Yesterday, it recommended officers should have a £4,000 cut to their £23,000 starting salaries in a report to Home Secretary Theresa May but delayed a decision on redundancies until the summer.

Jon Christopher, chair of the West Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “The Government seems hell-bent on cutting police numbers and making it as unattractive as possible for people to join the force.”

A Home Office spokesman said: “The Home Secretary received the Police Arbitration Tribunal’s report today and will now consider the findings very carefully, in line with her statutory responsibilities. It is important that ministers take the time to consider the report in full before making a decision.”