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Christmas and New Year Message from Civil Nuclear Police Federation Chief Executive Nigel Dennis

At this time last year, we hoped that we could look forward to 2018 with a real sense of optimism.

As Christmas and the New Year approach again, I think I can say that we were right to be optimistic and we can proud of where we are and what we've achieved this year.

Having spent years trying to secure base pay parity with our Home Office colleagues we achieved this goal back in September, meaning members have now been justly and finally rewarded for all their hard work and efforts.

Our pensions campaign, too, is still firmly on the agenda with the Treasury, the Cabinet Office and BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy).

Given everything that is going on in the world and the impact that Brexit has had on parliamentary affairs, to have this still at the forefront of minister's minds is a real achievement.

This time last year these departments hadn't agreed to meet with each other on the topic, we've had a letter of comfort from the BEIS Minister Richard Harrington MP to the Chief Secretary of the Treasury - it all means we can move into 2019 in a far more positive position on this issue than we have been before.

We've achieved our objectives on base salary and I can guarantee you that we will continue to strive to work hard for our members to achieve what we want to need to on pensions.

As a Police Service in our view the CNC are a far more focused and much more match fit operationally in everything we do more than ever before, in our day to day deployments and in how we look after our people.

That's why I think there is so much positivity to take forward into next year.

As always, both Chairman Mark Nelson and myself are incredibly proud of what you all do out on the frontline, keeping this country safe and fulfilling the specific mission the CNC are tasked to undertake by Government.

Each and every one of you are essential component parts in ensuring that Team CNC achieve its goals.

The work you do and being away from your homes and families is particularly keenly felt at this time of year so thank you for your incredible dedication and professionalism and for the way you always rise to the challenges you are presented with.

Happy Christmas and a safe New Year to you and your family .