Police staff in England and Wales vote in favour of 2% pay deal

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Following a consultation that took place in December 2018, police staff in England and Wales belonging to the unions GMB, Unison and Unite have voted to accept a pay offer that includes a 2% pay rise.

The pay deal will now be implemented by forces in the two countries, and will be backdated to 1 September 2018.

As well as the 2% increase on all pay points, the deal includes a 2% increase in the standby allowance, from £29.46 to £30.05, the removal of pay point six (£16,479) and an agreement to discuss both police staff annual leave entitlement and police staff apprenticeships in the Police Staff Council (PSC) pay and reward working party, without prejudice.

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The PSC for England and Wales is the national negotiating body, dealing with pay and conditions for the majority of police staff working in forces across the two countries. It brings together the Home Office, National Police Chiefs Council and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners with staff and unions. The PSC also publishes a national handbook, which forms the basis of the terms and conditions for police staff.

GMB members voted in favour of the deal by 83%, while those in Unison voted in favour by 73% and Unite members 70%.

When the original offer was made in 2018, home secretary Sajid Javid, said: “Our police officers do an incredible job in the face of complex crime and rising demand, and I’m grateful for their continued dedication to keeping us safe.

“I’ll continue to fight on behalf of police to ensure they have the resources they need to do their jobs effectively.”