PFEW seeks judicial review of police pay
The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) has filed an application for judicial review calling for a genuinely independent compensation mechanism for police pay, telling the government that legal proceedings could be taken.
March 2, 2022
By Tony Thompson
The application was conducted in collaboration with the Chief Police Officers Staff Association (CPOSA) and the Police Commissioners Association (PSA) and aims to establish an alternative to the current system administered by the Review Body Police Remuneration (PRRB).
The PRRB was created to provide an independent, evidence-based approach to determining police pay increases each year, but PFEW says limits on its scope hamper its independence, meaning its processes are inefficient and unfair. .
The PFEW and PSA withdrew from the PRRB in July 2021 after its recommendations were ignored by the government, which opted to implement a zero per cent wage award.
PFEW National Vice President Ché Donald said: ‘The common theme with this government is that it does not value its police service, it does not recognize the financial hardship police officers face on a daily basis and has removed the police pay to the point that there is very little difference between the national living wage and a newcomer’s hourly wage.
“The current compensation mechanism is just a white elephant, where the government ultimately decides what police officers cannot receive as fair compensation. are met with silence, after all, why would the government want to change a system designed by them, managed by them and whose final decision rests with them.
“That leaves us with no alternative but to let someone else decide the merits of fairness, the judiciary.
“It would seem that the only time this government responds is when legal action is looming, otherwise it will continue to coerce police salaries and trample police officers because we have no rights in employment in wage disputes.
“As police officers, we are not being unreasonable in asking for a compensation mechanism that acts independently. As public servants, MPs are happy to accept the recommendation of their own independent compensation body as binding, all we ask is that they do the same with ours.
The results of the latest salary and morale survey published by PFEW last mount included that:
- 92 percent of respondents said they were not paid fairly for the stresses and strains of their job and 86 percent of respondents said they did not feel paid fairly for the risks of their job; and
- 74% of respondents said they felt worse financially than five years ago and 73% of respondents said they felt worse financially than 12 months ago.