January 30th, 2012

So here it is…

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

So, the cost to police officers of the new pay ‘deal’ is £150 million.

The pay freeze and cutting of some payments and allowances will mean pay cuts for most officers. Theresa May spins it out by saying there will be no cuts in basic salaries, like not increasing wages for a number of years, or increasing it below the cost of inflation isn’t a pay cut. It’s all just semantics really and sounds better than saying police officers will have less money next year than they had this year.

May said of Tom Winsor’s review: “He produced a package that is fair to the police and that is fair to the taxpaying public.” I’m not too sure if her definition of fair is the same as everyone else’s unless cutting 20% from police budgets so the public have to put up with less police stations, less officers and longer waiting times is regarded as fair to the public.

But it’s OK because our chiefs and leaders will see us right and support us. Chief Constable Peter Fahy (GMP) said: “(the review struck) a balance between the need to achieve savings given the national economic situation and the financial pressures facing individual police officers.”

I can’t help thinking that the weights on his balance weren’t evenly distributed.

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10 comments

  1. Hibbo says:

    Perhaps the police should consider providing a service to the taxpaying law-abiding, then the cuts wouldn’t be called for.

    However having spent the last 15 years pandering to the underclass, treating the public with contempt, and persecuting victims of crime who had the temerity to attempt to defend themselves, public sympathy is not in great supply.

    January 31st, 2012 at 02:12

  2. Northern says:

    Somewhere within Hibbo’s comment is a good point, even though it seems they’ve been reading the Daily Mail a bit too much.

    January 31st, 2012 at 03:47

  3. Brother Random says:

    Hibbo’s comment is probably how it looks to the majority of the public who have to interact with the police in an ‘normal’ way (normal for a taxpayer that it).

    This view is going to be almost impossible to change, as people like us actively seek out information in the form of these blogs. The ordinary MOP gets the police as described by films, TV shows and newspapers. The reality either falls short or is grossly misrepresented via media.

    If the underclass would start preying on Bank Managers and Judges and Politicians then this would all be sorted out in short order.

    January 31st, 2012 at 08:03

  4. Bof says:

    Brother Random hits the nail on the head; it’s all down to spin. successive governements are good at it and The Federastion are shit at it. One or two “good news” stories will never be enough to enlighten public opinion and half the time they only make Job publications anyway. It needs to be constant to the point of aggravating to do any good.

    January 31st, 2012 at 10:29

  5. 200 says:

    Actually Hibbo, I think it’s you that are in the minority. Whilst there are lots of things about policing which are wrong, the simple fact is that the majority of the public either don’t know about it or aren’t particularly bothered (until they come up against a personal issue, which I suspect you have.)

    I’d love to know what your agenda is and what happened.

    January 31st, 2012 at 12:19

  6. clusterfck says:

    This is the link to the Feds feedback form. May I suggest that any and everyone write a simple message that they have no confidence in the Federation and let rip with other thoughts and messages. I honestly don’t think they are hearing us:

    http://www.polfed.org/haveyoursay/form.asp
    Police Federation of England & Wales
    http://www.polfed.org

    January 31st, 2012 at 15:14

  7. shijuro says:

    Hibbo is a troll… as to his ‘issue’… probably an over-stay on a car park and the resulting ticket…

    As to the money…

    Well, since the total savings are one third of the drug treatment costs for the scrotes of our lovely caring country or less than the combined board of RBS…

    I guess the government have shown us EXACTLY what they think of us and what value they place upon us…

    January 31st, 2012 at 18:02

  8. Civ_In_The_City says:

    “He produced a package that is fair to the police and that is fair to the taxpaying public.”

    One more time for the hard of thinking:

    “POLICE OFFICERS AND OTHER PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS ARE THE TAXPAYING PUBLIC AS WELL”

    People are going to get the idea that public sector workers don`t have to pay tax. AHHHGGGHHHH!!!!

    January 31st, 2012 at 19:52

  9. Whinger says:

    Peter Fahy is talking out of his back end.

    A sycophant of the highest order,

    January 31st, 2012 at 21:30

  10. Whinger says:

    Hang on,

    Is the pay rise and all of the other demands given to Tube Drivers. ‘Fair to the taxpaying public’. I don’t think so!

    January 31st, 2012 at 21:36

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