Police and Crime Commissioner calls for police officer pay increase

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, has called for the UK Government to rethink its decision to implement a pay freeze for police officers this year.

Public sector workers, with the exception of NHS staff, are to be subject to a public sector pay pause for 2021/22.

The Commissioner has joined PCCs from across the UK, and colleagues from the Police Federation and National Police Chief’s Council, in expressing disappointment in the Government’s decision, and calling for police officers and staff to receive a centrally funded pay increase this financial year.

Jeff Cuthbert said: “Like NHS staff, police officers have been on the front line of this pandemic from the very start.

“They have been putting themselves, and their families, at risk every day, going above and beyond the expectations of their role in order to keep our communities safe. I would like to take this opportunity to again thank police officers in Gwent for everything they have done to keep people safe throughout the pandemic.

“I am very disappointed that their service to our country has been overlooked when making this decision and I would urge the UK Government to rethink their decision and agree an appropriate pay rise for our police forces this year in recognition for their outstanding service.”