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Police 2% pay rise 'a punch on the nose', Cressida Dick says

04:05 Wed Sep 12, 2018


Taken from/By: BBC
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The government’s refusal to increase police pay by 3% in England and Wales is a “punch on the nose”, Britain’s most senior police officer has said.

Cressida Dick said she was “extremely disappointed” by the decision to give police a 2% rise, against the recommendation of an independent board.

The Met Police chief said she did not want police to be affected by understaffing like the prison service.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said it had been a collective government decision.

“When it comes to pay recommendations… for millions of public sector workers… you have to, as a government, take them all into account,” he told the Police Superintendents’ Association annual conference in Leicester.

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Mr Javid said that he understood concerns, however.

“This is a reflection of trying to strike that balance and I’m not pretending it’s easy,” he said, adding that he knows there is “a need for more resources”.

The comments from Ms Dick come as a public spending watchdog called the government’s approach to police funding “ineffective”.

According to the National Audit Office, the Home Office does not know whether the police system in England and Wales is “financially sustainable” following widespread funding cuts.

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