This circular is to update member on the current position with regards the pay rise.
Members will be aware that the Home Office agreed a pay rise which consisted of an increase of 1% in base pay to all ranks, with an additional one-off consolidated payment of 1% to officers at federated and Superintendent ranks (to be paid by each Force from its budget).
It also identified that there would be a further increase of 1% in both London Weighting payments and Dog Handler payments.
Under existing guidelines, the Home Office produce a circular detailing the agreement, whereby all relevant departments then apply the pay rise as agreed.
On the 4th October 2017, the DPF sent a letter to the Department informing them of the agreement in principal and seeking an understanding that this would be paid as soon as the circular became available.
Unfortunately, you will be aware the Home Office have, for no apparent reason not supplied the circular to date, which is extremely disappointing. However, it has come to our attention that some other Police Forces, including the Metropolitan Police and the British Transport Police have agreed to pay the uplift prior to the publication of the circular. They consider the Home Office have given clear guidelines, and deem it highly inappropriate to wait any further.
Therefore, I have written to the Department requesting the MoD follow suit and consider initiating the pay rise, back dated to 1st September 2017, thus not disadvantaging our members further.
On the receipt of any response, the membership will be informed of its content.