The sixth annual report of the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) was published today. The Body made recommendations on pay and allowances for police officers up to and including the chief officer ranks in England and Wales. We value the role of the independent PRRB and thank the Chair and members for their detailed consideration and observations of the matters raised in relation to police pay.
The Government is extremely grateful for the commitment shown by our police officers up and down the country, in keeping the public safe during these unprecedented and challenging times.
The Government has accepted in full the PRRB’s recommendation that a consolidated increase of 2.5% should be awarded to all ranks at all pay points, with a corresponding increase to London Weighting and the Dog Handlers' Allowance, with effect from 1 September 2020.
The PRRB also recommended the removal of the lowest point of the sergeants’ pay scale; and that the maximum rate of London Allowance should increase by £1,000 to £5,338 a year for officers appointed on or after 1 September 1994 and not receiving Replacement Allowance. The Government has accepted these recommendations. These changes will take effect from 1 September 2020.
This is the second year in a row that we have awarded an increase of 2.5% for our police officers and delivers an above inflation increase. Police constables will earn up to £1,002 more this year.
The Government holds in the highest regard the role that public sector workers have in delivering essential public services and we are awarding a real terms pay increase. The hard work and dedication of our public servants throughout this difficult period is something we do not take for granted.
The Government continues to balance the need to ensure fair pay for public sector workers with protecting funding for frontline services and ensuring affordability for taxpayers. The effects of coronavirus continue to have a significant impact on the economy and the fiscal position and the Government will need to continue to take this into account in agreeing public sector pay awards
This statement has also been made in the House of Lords