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Hard Work On Pay Parity About To Pay Off

Getting pay parity with our Home Office police colleagues at long last is such good news for us all - and it's coming from this September 1.

It's been 10 years of campaigning, 10 years of getting the Treasury, BEIS (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) and our Police Authority in the same space and agreeing to the 5% increase, which will be in officer's pay packets at the end of next month.

Pleasingly, it's across all pay points - all officers will get the 5% increase as it applies to basic salaries, that was really important to us as we campaigned for this deal.

And why shouldn't we have got the increase? We hold a warrant card just the same as our Home Office colleagues after all so we deserve the same pay - not 95%.

There's been a lot of conversation about police officer pay over recent weeks so it's worth emphasising that with parity too, our members will also receive the 2% pay increase awarded to England and Wales officers recently as part of the 2018/19 police pay review.

Having said that, we agree with our colleagues from the Police Federation of England and Wales - that amount is quite insulting.

Especially when you consider the rate of inflation and the fact that the 2017 pay award consisted of a 1% rise and a 1% one-off bonus.

It means that officers are effectively only getting another 1% in their pay packets as yet again the Home Office has ignored the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB).

We are aligned now to England and Wales and so the 5% bonus for our members was always going to be a one-off.

But how can the Government say they recognise what officers do and celebrate officer bravery when this rise is such an insult?

They need to put their money where their mouth is.

We fully support the Police Federation of England and Wales over this and would have hoped for more for officers across the country.

As a Federation, we are also hoping soon to have our say on police pay by being able to submit recommendations to the PRRB.

That will hopefully happen once the legalities of it are resolved between The Home Office, the Civil Nuclear Police Authority and BEIS (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy).

But for now, it is worth saying once again how pleased we are that our hard work on pay parity is about to pay off.

It's been something our members have wanted since I came into this role in 2008 and I could not be more delighted that our hard work has come to fruition.

It's a proper modernisation of our terms and conditions and is a real good news story for CNC officers.