CHESHIRE’S chief constable shares his officers’ disappointment over their latest pay settlement from the Government.
Fury erupted in the ranks when Home Secretary Jacqui Smith awarded officers a 2.5% rise but instead of honouring the Government’s pledge to backdate it to September, backdated it only to December 1.
In real terms this means the rise is only 1.9%.
What has made police in England even angrier is that officers north of the border have been granted the full back-pay by the Scottish Parliament.
Mark Faint, chairman of the Cheshire branch of the Police Federation, said: “The Scottish situation has compounded how we are feeling. Good luck to them, they deserve it. But now there are two tiers of pay.
“Our Home Secretary should honour her promises. We feel like we have been stabbed in the back.”
Cheshire’s chief constable, Peter Fahy, said: “I personally am disappointed that the Home Office has decided not to backdate the pay increase.
“Police officers realise that public funding is very tight but this was a settlement arrived at after arbitration. I am a strong believer that the way officers are paid needs to be reformed to match the current operational need but this is an opportunity lost.”
He added: “There is no obvious reason why officers in Scotland have had the pay increase backdated while those south of the border, where living costs are higher, haven’t.
“We are not talking about a huge amount of money here but officers are understandably angry that the result of the arbitration has not been honoured.”
The Police Federation is seeking an urgent meeting with the Home Secretary to discuss the situation.
The federation is also considering campaigning against the legal ban on officers taking strike action.