Metropolitan Police Federation

Police 2021 Pay Rise: Federation Reaction

Police officer 2021 pay rise decision announced by Government tonight: “As set out at the Spending Review (2020), there will be a pause to headline pay rises for the majority of public sector workforces in 2021-22”

Reacting, Ken Marsh, Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said: “This is a complete smack in the face for our hard working colleagues who have been at the sharp end keeping people safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. What an appalling way to treat the men and women who have risked everything to police the last 18 months.

“Our colleagues can’t keep being treated like this. Warm words & platitudes mean nothing. We will be seeking the views of officers across London about what steps to take next. But I can tell you they will feel betrayed by a Government that promised to back our police service.”

Reporting today, the “independent” Police Remuneration Review Body stated “This year our remit did not include making an overall pay award recommendation” so it did not bother. It also rejected any notion of a “bonus” for officers for their hard work policing the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Police Federation of England and Wales said: “The current pay system for policing is not fit for purpose. We are forced to enter into an inherently unfair process from the start, with the odds weighted firmly in favour of the Government where, it seems, a decision has already been made when they set the parameters for the pay review body.

“It is now essential that we review this process and look to find an alternative. A solution that has the best interests of police officer pay at heart. We will be seeking the views of our members and calling an urgent meeting with our 43 Federation branches from across England and Wales to discuss our next steps.”