Police and Fire Services (Pay)

Home Department written question – answered on 22 October 1981.

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Mr. William Hamilton asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the minimum and maximum pay rates for a police constable, a police sergeant, and for each higher police grade, respectively, for April of each the last three years, together with an assessment of the annual value of other allowances in each of those years; and if he will give the comparable figures for each grade of the Fire Service.

Mr. Whitelaw: Following is the information.

RankApril 1979April 1980April 1981
Minimum £Maximum £Minimum £Maximum £Minimum £Maximum £
Assistant and Deputy Chief Constables, Commanders and Deputy Assistant Commissioners9402,0161,2532,4421,3553,057
Chief Constables, Assistant and Deputy Commissioners1,0902,2731,4532,8321,5723,091
Officers on certain specialist duties receive additional allowances
Fire Service Basic Pay
RankApril 1979April 1980April 1981
Minimum £Maximum £Minimum £Maximum £Minimum £Maximum £
Fireman (aged over 18)3,6834,8114,4345,7935,2686,882
Leading Fireman4,9355,9437,059
Station Officer5,8626,1227,0657,3778,3948,763
Assistant Divisional Officer6,1786,5577,4467,9028,8479,387
Divisional Officer III6,6186,8927,9778,3079,4779,870
Divisional Officer II7,0297,5898,4729,14710,06510,866
Divisional Officer I7,7638,1179,3579,78611,11511,625
Senior Divisional Officer8,3558,81410,07410,62611,96712,624
Assistant Chief Fire OfficerNormally 75% of Chief Officer's salary
Deputy Chief Fire OfficerNormally 80% of Chief Officer's salary
Chief Fire Officer7,704*13,911*10,752*19,803*12,366*22,773*
* Minimum salaries recommended by National Joint Council for Chief Officers of local authorities' Fire Brigades.

London weighting is paid to members of the London Fire Brigade. In April 1979, 1980 and 1981 the rates were £468, £543 and £636 a year respectively. Some other fire authorities pay fringe area allowances at varying rates which are determined locally.

Free accommodation, fuel and light are provided to residential officers working a 78-hour week and, in some cases and on a locally determined basis, to other members of brigades who make themselves available beyond the normal working week. It is not possible to assess the annual value of this provision.