Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Can't Afford to Pay Police Officers [Pounds Sterling]50,000 in Overtime, Says May

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Can't Afford to Pay Police Officers [Pounds Sterling]50,000 in Overtime, Says May

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Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor

THERESA MAy today signalled an end to the [pounds sterling]100,000 Pc as she warned police that their pay will have to be cut to keep more officers on the beat.

The Home Secretary said that the "extraordinary" financial circumstances facing the country meant that an overhaul of the rules governing police overtime and other working conditions was essential.

She added that members of the public would "raise their eyebrows" at the fact that some Met officers had been able to more double their salaries through overtime payments.

That comment follows revelations in the Evening Standard that one Met Pc earned more than [pounds sterling]100,000 in a year, largely because of overtime, and that several more received annual overtime pay in excess of [pounds sterling]50,000.

Thousands more have earned at least [pounds sterling]10,000 a year in overtime because of what critics believe are outdated national regulations that authorise payments if shifts are altered with less than five days' notice or if officers work more than half an hour extra in a day.

In a speech in London today, Mrs May said she would wait for the publication next week of a review of police pay and conditions conducted for the Government by former rail regulator Tom Windsor before introducing any reforms. She indicated, however, that pay cuts would be introduced to ensure that frontline operations could be maintained and to ensure that taxpayers gained "better value for money" from the police.

"No Home Secretary wants to cut police officers' pay packages," she said.

"But with a record budget deficit, these are extraordinary circumstances. We are taking action across the board to find savings in all aspects of policing. We cannot avoid the fact that changes to police pay and conditions have to be part of the package."

Next week's review is expected to recommend sweeping changes to the regulations governing overtime pay, as well as possible changes to housing, travel and bonus payments, in what is intended to be the most comprehensive reform of police conditions for decades. …

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