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PSC joint circular 128 – police staff pay - revised pay award

LGA, 18 Smith Square

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Employers’ Side Secretary, Sarah Ward

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Unison Centre,130 Euston Road

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Trade Union Side Secretary, Ben Priestley

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To: Police and crime commissioner (copy chief exec & treasurer)

Chief constables (copy force personnel/HR manager/payroll manager)

Trade Union Branches

cc: PSC members

Scotland and MPS (for information only)

12 December 2022

PSC joint circular 128 – police staff pay - revised pay award

Dear colleague

The Police Staff Council recently reached a revised pay settlement, which in accordance with a re-opener clause, resulted in all PSC pay points (i.e., pay points 7 – 45) being increased by £1900 over the period 1 April 2022 to 1 September 2023. The revised pay settlement incorporated the 2.1% increase which had been agreed from 1 April 2022. 

This stepped approach, set out in the PSC Joint Circular 127, provides £1900 extra pay over the period 1 April 2022 to 31 August 2023.

In line with PSC guidance, staff above the PSC pay points also received a 2.1% increase paid from 1 April 2022. One of the consequences of this is that, for some staff earning over £65,000 per annum, the 2.1% award is worth more in cash terms than £1900, and so these staff will receive more than £1900 extra pay over the 17-month period.

The PSC advises that the small number of staff who fall into this category should retain the value of the 2.1% pay increase awarded with effect from 1 April 2022 and suffer no abatement in relation to the award of the £1900 with effect from 1 September 2022.

The reason for this advice is that the award of the £1900 with effect from 1 September was to ensure that police staff did not suffer any detriment in pay award terms to their police officer colleagues in 2022. At no point was it the intention of the PSC to require staff for whom the 2.1% was worth more in cash terms than £1900 to have to repay the difference or see their salary abated relative to the £1900 award going forward. 

This issue was considered by the Police Staff Council on 23 November 2022, following requests for guidance, and this Joint Circular has been agreed by the PSC to address this.

Yours sincerely

Ben Priestley, Trade Union Side Secretary

David Algie, Employers’ Side Secretariat