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Policing Precept to Rise by 5%

Media Statement on behalf of the South Wales Police Federation

Date: 26th January 2015

South Wales Policing Precept Set at 5%

The South Wales Police Commissioner, Mr Alun Michael, has today announced that the increase to the policing precept for the financial year from 2015 to 2016 will be set at 5%. The precept is that portion of council tax which supports policing services in South Wales and is a vital element of any policing budget.

Steve Trigg, the Chair of the South Wales Police Federation, said “I am pleased at our Police and Crime Commissioner’s announcement to set the precept for the next financial year at 5%."

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College of Policing analysis:
Estimating demand on the police service

First analysis of national demand on policing published

The first national picture of the breadth and complexity of the work undertaken by the police has been published by the College of Policing today.

The analysis shows the incoming and ongoing work of the police and suggests an increasing amount of police time is directed towards public protection work such as  managing high-risk offenders and protecting victims who are at risk and often vulnerable.

These cases are often extremely challenging and rightly require considerable amounts of police resource.

The analysis shows in the past five years the number of police officers has fallen by 11 per cent. On a typical day in a typical force there is approximately one officer on duty for every 1,753 people living in a force area.

The Police Federation Response

Measuring forces on crime statistics alone ‘simplistic’ 23 January 2015

New research into the demands on forces demonstrates ministers should not just judge police officers’ success on the rise or fall in crime statistics alone.

Steve White, chair, Police Federation of England and Wales, said a statistic in today’s College of Policing report that 83 per cent of calls to forces do not concern incidents of crime calls into question government claims that the police should just be measured on efforts to cut crime.

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Increased Threat Level

You will be aware that the threat level, specifically relating to police officers, has been raised and an all force email has been circulated in relation to this.

The Federation was involved in Gold Group discussions around this issue and we can assure you that, although the contents of that meeting remain confidential, both South Wales Police and the Federation are in agreement that the safety of our officers and staff is paramount and all aspects of personal protective equipment and officer safety are being continually reviewed.

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Police Officer Pay

Police officer pay should increase in the next financial year by the maximum 1% limit set by the government, the Police Federation of England and Wales has urged.

Home Secretary Theresa May asked the bodies that make up the Police Remuneration Review Body – which has replaced the Police Negotiating Board – to make recommendations on pay increases for 2015/16; the retention of the London Lead; and on different pay at regional and local level. We were also asked for our thoughts about the PRRB remit for the next five years.

Andy Fittes, General Secretary, said: “Our submission takes a long-term approach. This is not just about the here and now, but about ensuring we are recognised as a credible organisation supplying strong evidence-based submissions. To that end, this submission is about planning for future pay uplifts as well as just for 2015/16. We have therefore asked for an uplift of the maximum of 1% for all, including officers who receive an increment to basic pay, existing regional allowances and all allowances that are normally included in uplifts, such as dog handlers’ allowance. Not only does this take account of our recognition of the public sector austerity measures set by Government, but it addresses our primary concern is that there should be no further divisive pay changes. Officers have had to endure much turbulence to their pay and allowances in recent years as a result of the Winsor review and we are asking that there be no further piecemeal change to pay and conditions without proper long-term evidence of its impact. “

You can read the full submission here

You can read an explanatory letter from Andy Fittes, National General Secretary of the PFEW here

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Constables' Pay Scale and Leapfrogging Issues

We've had a number of queries from officers who joined in 2006 to the effect that, following the end of the pay freeze in April 2014, other officers with slightly less service have received their increment to the old pay point 8 (now scp7) whereas they are still on the old pay point 6 (about to go to scp7).

Understandably, officers believe that this appears to be unfair and amounts to leapfrogging so we want to clarify the position.

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The Latest Force Promotion Process is Announced

It has now been announced that the force will be holding promotion processes to the ranks of Sergeant and Inspector. These processes will run in the New Year and will follow the same procedures as recent promotion processes. The force CONNECT advert which refers to these processes is shown at the bottom of this email.

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Changes to the Philip Williams Bupa Scheme

The annual pricing review for the PW Bupa Healthcare Scheme has now been completed. The good news is that significant growth in scheme numbers during the past 12 months has enabled us to negotiate a good deal with Bupa, which has kept monthly subscription increases to an absolute minimum and below the level of medical inflation, whilst still providing the most comprehensive and affordable healthcare product in the Police market.

The new premiums are listed on the attached Rating Table and will apply with effect from 1st December 2014, dependent upon age band on this date.

You may not be aware of all the benefits this scheme provides for your members and their families.  Here are a few key points:-

  • Up to 12 months FREE membership for Student Officers in their 1st Year of service and significantly discounted rates available in Year 2
  • First 2 months subscription FREE for any new member joining the scheme
  • No waiting lists for musculoskeletal injuries meaning that you can return to work and continue with your training sooner.
  • No limit on the number of claims you can make – the number or cost of claims you make will not affect your premium as an individual
  • Access to a  nationwide network of over 180 Bupa accredited hospitals means that you can choose the one most convenient for you and also at a time of day to suit your lifestyle.
  • Full cancer and cardiology cover with no cap on approved treatments, therapies and drugs which may not be available on the NHS.
  • Access to Bupa’s Health Line, a 24 hour, 365 days a year health line, staffed by fully qualified Nurses offering guidance and advice on any medical issue totally free of charge.

As NHS funding is under pressure, and there are increasing demands on the service, continued membership of this scheme ensures prompt access to diagnosis and treatment as this could impact future job security and lifestyle.

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Slater & Gordon Lawyers, formerly Russell Jones & Walker, are the ONLY nationwide team of family lawyers with over 15 solid years’ experience of dealing with complex police divorce cases involving pensions.

The team cover matrimonial and family law matters across the whole of England and Wales and not only have great experience with general family law but have specialist expertise in assisting police federation members and police personnel. Each one of the team has undergone an intense training programme ensuring they are fully familiar with every aspect of police culture, pay, pensions and shift patterns essential to ensure the best result for their clients.

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