The pay rise of £1,900 for all officers is “derisory” and a “kick in the teeth”, according to Metropolitan Police Federation Chair Ken Marsh.
Ken was speaking after today’s announcement on police pay, which will come into effect from 1 September.
The rise equates to an 8.8% increase for the lowest paid officers – and is equivalent to a 5% overall pay award when all ranks and pay scales are taken into account.
The Home Office said it had accepted the recommendations of the Police Remuneration Review Body in full, saying it reflects “the vital role police officers have on the frontline making our streets safer”.
However, Ken said: “This is nothing more than yet another derisory pay offer to hard working police officers.
“With inflation currently running at more than 9% – and our pay being behind inflation by more than 20% over the past decade – how can it be anything other than another kick in the teeth to our courageous colleagues?
“Every day, police officers across London go out there putting their lives on the line to keep people safe and we are constantly treated in a despicable manner when it comes to our pay and conditions by politicians in power.
“Why are we treated like this? Why do we have no choice but to accept such an offer? Because the Government know we cannot take industrial action. And they are callously and calculatedly taking advantage of this. The police officers I represent have had enough of being betrayed like this. What a sorry state of affairs.”
The Government also announced that London Weighting will increase by 5%.
It has raised the starting salary for officers joining on the Degree Apprentice programme to £23,556 – also from 1 September.
And the Dog Handlers’ Allowance will also be increased by 5%.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “It is right that we recognise the extraordinary work of our officers who day in, day out, work tirelessly to keep our streets, communities and country safe.”