PCC welcomes lifting of pay cap, but warns of job losses if government doesn't provide funding to pay for it
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner has
warned the government's promise of lifting the cap on police pay
will lead to job losses at the force unless they fully fund the
David Jamieson has welcomed reports of the public sector pay cap
being lifted, describing it as long overdue. The PCC has also
warned unless it is fully funded by government it will be a hollow
gesture and will lead to inevitable job losses.
Every1% pay increase, above planned increases, will cost West
Midlands Police £4 million, equivalent to 80 police officer
David Jamieson has called on the government to ensure it fully
funds the pay increase.
Commenting on the lifting of the pay cap, David Jamieson
"I welcome reports that the government will be lifting the public
sector pay cap. It is an long overdue victory for common sense and
"The government must ensure that staff, as well as officers,
receive the pay increase. In addition, the government must provide
resources for Police and Crime Commissioners to fund the pay
increases, so pay increases for some are not job losses for
"If the government do not put aside money to fund the pay
increase, PCCs will be left with large bills and have no other
option other than to reduce officer and staff numbers.
"The government must act quickly to ensure that its pay cap
lifting is not a hollow gesture.
"Police officers and staff work round the clock to keep us safe
and their income has been under attack for too long. It would be a
kick in the teeth if after this victory the government doesn't put
funding in place and job losses are inadvertently caused.
"This pay increase is right and fair, but needs to be fully funded
by the government too.
"The government must make good on their obligations and fully fund
this. If not then their cuts will, once again, inevitably lead to
West Midlands Police has lost £145 million since 2010 and is still
facing cuts. The force received £6 million less in government
funding this year than the year before and is facing cost pressures
of at least £18 million on top of that (without the lifting of the
Police officer posts are based on an average £50,000 total cost