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Police: Pay

Home Department written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Tom Blenkinsop Tom Blenkinsop Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of whether reducing starting salaries for police constables will affect levels of diversity within police forces.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice

The Secretary of State for the Home Department, my right hon. Friend Mrs May, accepted the Police Arbitration Tribunal's recommendation that the starting salary for police constables should be between £19,000 and £22,000 depending on skills, relevant experience and local recruitment needs.

Under this proposal, new constables will be able to reach the maximum pay more quickly than at present.

Tom Winsor's Independent Review of Police Officer and Staff Remuneration and Conditions recommended a new pay scale after considering a range of evidence, including on recruitment and retention. Details of this are set out in Tom Winsor's final report.

This recommendation was considered in the formal negotiation machinery, where police officers and leaders are represented. The Secretary of State considered the outcome of this process very carefully before deciding to accept the recommendation, in line with her statutory duties, including those relating to equality and diversity.

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