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PSC joint circular 129 - PSC handbook (update)

LGA, 18 Smith Square

London, SW1P 3HZ

Telephone 020 7187 7340 

Employers’ Side Secretary, Sarah Ward

e-mail: [email protected]

Unison Centre,130 Euston Road

London, NW1 2AY

Telephone 020 7121 5272

Trade Union Side Secretary, Ben Priestley

e-mail: [email protected]

To: Police and Crime Commissioner

(copy Force Personnel/HR Manager/Payroll Manager)

cc: PSC Members

Scotland and MPS (for information only)

21 February 2023

Dear Sir/Madam 


Following the recent PSC pay settlement for 2021-23, the following changes and updates have been made to the PSC Handbook:

  1. Section 2, Pay, Paragraph 1, Pay spine (page 13) – The national pay spine has been updated to reflect the pay settlement.
  2. Section 2, Pay, Paragraph 13.2, Payments for standby duty (page 18) – The payment has been increased as part of the pay settlement.
  3. Section 2, Pay, Paragraph 14, Part time employees – This relates to compensation for part time employees working on a rest/free day and brings the Handbook in line with PSC Joint Circular 111 dated 21 February 2021).

Please note that the implementation date for changes to the PSC Handbook can be found at the footer on the relevant page. Section 2 Pay, new Paragraph 14.3, has retrospective effect back to 21 February 2021. 

The PSC Handbook has been further amended to include gender neutral language.

The revised PSC Handbook can be accessed at: If you require any clarification or information on these changes to the PSC Handbook, please refer to the contact details above. 

Yours sincerely                        


Ben Priestley, Trade Union Side Secretary

David Algie, Employers’ Side Secretariat