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Chairman: ‘Cops Are In Crisis’

West Yorkshire Police Federation has issued an angry rebuttal to the Home Secretary after her unsatisfactory speech at the PFEW annual conference.
Federation Chair Brian Booth was speaking after Priti Patel addressed the Police Federation of England and Wales conference in Manchester.

The Home Secretary was forthcoming with her praise for officers, dolling out warm words about their hard work and their commitment. But she failed to offer them any reassurance over pay, after a number of delegates told her that their members were struggling to make ends meet during the cost of living crisis.

Brian said: “My members have heard it year on year, and with this Home Secretary it’s the same story, the same praising of cops. I do agree with the praise. But cops need to know about their pay and conditions.

“Cops are in crisis. They haven’t had a sustainable pay rise for the past 10 years. They need some reassurance that the words she said today are going to be met. She needs to come back to the table and listen to the hardships that officers face and give them a decent pay rise.”

The conference also heard about the “pensions trap” for younger officers, whereby they are required to work for as much as five years longer than they had planned and face losing tens of thousands of pounds in pension payments.

Brian added: “It’s discrimination. Our officers have had enough. We are haemorrhaging officers and we will continue to haemorrhage officers as long as they are paid poorly and they don’t have proper pensions provisions or security on their retirement.”

Date posted: May 29, 2022

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