UNISON, the union representing 40,000 police staff, said that members in England and Wales have voted to accept a two-year pay offer from September 2011 to 2013. The offer was bound by the Government’s pay freeze and gives staff paid below £21,000, £250 for each year of the deal, while failing to offer anything for those earning over that amount.

Ben Priestley, UNISON National Officer for Police and Justice staff said:

“Although UNISON recommended the offer to police staff, they are being hard hit the Government’s pay freeze.

“It is disappointing that the offer contained nothing for our members earning over £21,000. Police staff are a vital part of the policing team and many are struggling to cope with rising prices. Whilst the £250 for each year is a small relief, the cost of everyday essentials such as food, fuel and energy have gone up hugely over the past two years and that means a significant drop in the standard of living for police staff.

“After such a long wait, we are urging police forces to do the right thing and pay the deal as soon as possible.”

The deal that has now been accepted by members is as follows: 2011: police staff paid at or below £21,000 per year as at 1 September 2011 to receive a non-pensionable, non-consolidated payment of £250 (pro-rata for part timers) 2012: police staff paid at or below £21,000 per year as at 1 September 2012 to receive a consolidated increase in their salary point of £250.

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