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Dear members

As you will know by now, Home Secretary Theresa May announced last week that she was accepting in full the decision of the Police Arbitration Tribunal in respect of the recommendations into police pay and conditions outlined in the Winsor Review’s first report. The key purpose of the decision was to reduce the police pay budget and thereby to reduce Government spending.

This has left front line police officers with a number of understandable questions about their future livelihoods and what the Police Federation of England and Wales is actively doing to protect the standard of living of police officers. We hope this document – which is fairly lengthy but we hope you will take the time to read - will start to answer some of those questions.

This morning the Home Secretary announced that she would implement the first year of increases to police pension contribution rates (i.e. 2012-13), in line with the proposal put to PNB in July 2011.

The below email came into GMP Federation HQ yesterday and the officer has asked that we forward it onto the Chief Constable, Peter Fahy, with his personal details removed. Both GMP and every Federation in the country have been inundated with such contacts from hard-working police officers. Their responses have ranged from incadescent anger to simple disappointment that they feel have been let down by many senior police leaders and that decisions are being made and influenced by individuals who have lost touch with those who are doing one of the most difficult jobs that can be asked of anyone.

On the 9th January 2012 the Police Appeals Tribunal (PAT) released their arbitration findings in relation to part 1 of the Winsor report. The details of their deliberations and what it MAY mean in practical terms is explained below.

Dear Colleague,

The SPP system has been with us now for over 7 years and was identified as divisive by the Federation from its very inception. This is also ACPO's position although they initially supported SPP, and have now supported some equally divisive payment suggestions to Winsor and which are now with the PAT.

Please see statement below issued to national and trade media regarding the Shadow Home Secretary's announcement that Labour has appointed Lord Stevens to lead an independent review of policing.

Paul McKeever, Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, having spoken at today's Labour conference welcomes Yvette Cooper's announcement to conduct a review of policing;

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We have witnessed some incredulous scenes in Greater Manchester and across our major cities over the last few days, showing criminals in full flow; scenes that have sickened the vast majority of the public to the core.

These despicable and disheartening scenes of looting and rioting, not protests, have been shadowed only by the courage and commitments of police officers across the land.

You will be aware that over the last four months negotiations have been taking place regarding the Winsor Part One recommendations. Disappointingly, despite the very best efforts of Staff Side to find an acceptable agreement, there was a failure to agree at today’s PNB meeting. What has become clear is that this is not about providing fiscal solutions as the Official Side rejected alternative proposals put forward by the Staff Side that would have minimised the impact of Winsor Part One on police officers. This would appear to be about ideology and on that basis it seems the Official Side never engaged in true negotiation.

We have held 10 meetings of the PNB Working Group to consider the recommendations made by Winsor in Part One of his Review and we have now reached the deadline set by the Home Secretary to complete our negotiations.

Over the course of our meetings, Staff Side have set out our concerns about the practical implications of some of Winsor’s recommendations, which we believe will have a detrimental impact on the Service in terms of diversity, bureaucracy and morale.

Dear Colleagues

Please find the attached revised commutation factors for the Police Pension Scheme (PPS) 1987, which have just been issued by the Government Actuary’s Department (GAD). The new factors will apply to any member who retires on or after 20 April 2011.

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