Archive for March 2nd, 2011

March 2nd, 2011

Doing the same with less

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

So Theresa May has announced that police officers pay needs to be cut. What an opportune moment to make this announcement one week ahead of a supposed independent enquiry into police pay.

One could be forgiven for thinking that Tom Winsor, former rail regulator, who is due to publish an interim report on his findings has been told to cut the pay bill & find a way to do it & the government are merely softening the blow & showing how determined they are to cut the public deficit.

It will be interesting to see what the report comes up with & what we will lose.

My wages have been cut already, and that’s not cut as in I’m not getting a rise, not cut as in I’m paying more tax & VAT,  & not cut as in I’m losing those child allowances. No cut as in last year I my salary was, for argument’s sake, £25,000 & this year my salary will be a little over £24,000, same hours, same job. And that’s before my force finishes its own review on how it can cut more cash from my salary.

I’m OK , as much as I dislike signing a contract for a job with a specific wage & then being told that contract is null & void & I either accept a pay cut or look for another job, I can afford to lose a few grand because I have a police pension. But I work with lots of young people with big mortgages. Some of them are already worrying whether they will be able to pay their mortgages.

I think lots of us are waiting for this new pay review with more than a little interest.