Police in England £21k worse off compared to Scots
- Published on Monday, 04 February 2013 09:51
- Posted by Vicki Mitchem
New figures show the damning difference between police pay in Scotland and down south – with new officers starting employment in April onwards in England and Wales being up to £21,730 worse off compared to police officers advancing on the pay scales in Scotland.
Research undertaken by the Scottish Police Federation – in response to a question from SNP MSP Sandra White – revealed the true impact of the implementation by Tory Home Secretary Theresa May of the Winsor Review
In his response to Ms White, Calum Steele, General Secretary of the SPF, said:
"I can advise with some degree of certainty that a new police officer starting in service in England and Wales, from the 1st April 2013 onwards will, on the pay scales as they are now and proposed, be between just over £19,000 and £21,730 (give or take a few pounds) worse off than a police officer in Scotland advancing on the pay scales here.
"Police officers in Scotland are delighted the ravages of Tom Winsor's report do not apply in Scotland. My members appreciate the repeated assurances the Scottish Government will not implement Winsor and will not attack the terms and conditions of police officers.
"It would be fair to say however that that delight is heavily tempered with an enormous sympathy for our colleagues in England and Wales, many of whom now face being deprived of vast sums of money, in addition to facing enormous uncertainty over the future of the career they have chosen."
Commenting, Ms White, a member of the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee, said:
"Police officers play a vital role in our communities and have one of the most demanding jobs, often working in extremely challenging circumstances.
"These figures lay bare the devastating impact of Westminster's Winsor package to police officers in England and Wales.
"This is having a detrimental impact on police down south, while their counterparts in Scotland are being protected from the introduction of the recommendations set out in the review. The Scottish Government has said it will not impose changes to the terms and conditions of officers and starting salaries will stay the same. "While the Tories believe that cutting police numbers and cutting police pay will lead to an improved service, Scottish officers are being shielded from these dreadful across-the-board cuts south of the border.
"The respect and commitment to Scottish police officers of the Scottish Government, as recognised by the SPF, stands in stark contrast to the Westminster government's strained relationship with the police service in England and Wales.
"Thank goodness policing in Scotland already has a large degree of independence so we can protect our officers from these cuts."
The SPF's analysis shows:
• A new police officer starting in service in England & Wales, from the 1st April 2013 onwards will, on the pay scales as they are now and proposed, be between just over £19,000 and £21,730, worse off than a police officer in Scotland advancing on the pay scales here.
• Regarding police constables in England and Wales not accessing the top of the pay scale, the SPF pointed out that many officers in England and Wales may be limited to a maximum salary of £31,032, as to progress they must pass the Specialist Skills Threshold
test, and only those that require the skills, or knowledge and experience, or warranted powers of a constable should qualify for the Specialist Skills Threshold increment. This could leave police officers in England & Wales earning £6,699 less per annum than colleagues in Scotland (of equivalent service).
• The SPF say that over a 42 year career a police officer in England and Wales could be as much as over £200,000 worse off than a colleague in Scotland.