In 2012 an inquiry into pay for British Police officers was launched. Led by Tom Winsor the inquiry concluded that an overhaul of police pay, conditions and allowances was overdue. The review recommended that a cut of £1bn from police pay was possible.
The recent 'plebgate' in the UK proved, in some people's opinion, that police officers had an axe to grind with Tory politicians. Today pay cuts have been announced.
UK Home Secretary Theresa May has announced that the starting salary for a police officer will be cut by by £4,000 to £19,000. The BBC has reported that May has now accepted proposals agreed by the Police Arbitration Tribunal.
Tom Winsor is a former Rail regulator. He was controversially appointed Chief Inspector of Constabulary for England and Wales, last year. He is the first non-policeman named to the post. Compulsory redundancies have been put on hold until further negotiations are complete.
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How the rank and file in the police service respond remains to be seen. They will need to take into account Tory plans to raise their national insurance contributions, under UK pension reform. A wide range of other increases, plus inflation of course is constantly undervaluing money in the UK.