PCC's statement on news that police officers are to receive a rise above the public sector pay cap (12 Sept 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said that he welcomed news that police officers would receive a rise above the public sector pay cap of 1%, but warned that the government needed to fund the rise, and also hoped that a similar offer would be made to police staff who also carry out key policing roles.

Each 1% would cost West Yorkshire Police approximately £4 million extra.

"This pay increase is long overdue and is welcomed because officers do a tremendous job day in day out to keep our communities' safe and feeling safe and thoroughly deserve this," Mr Burns-Williamson said.

"However, this again highlights the pressures police forces are facing, because asking local forces and PCCs to find the money will put more strain on resources. I will be asking the government to ensure they are providing the funds to make this happen without any funding impact locally.

"West Yorkshire Police has lost around £140m since 2010 and 2000 officers and staff, so I believe the affordability of the rise can only be met through government providing the means to cover it.

"The announcement refers to the cost being met from Home Office Departmental budgets but doesn't make clear whether that will be existing police budgets, other police budgets such as the Transformation Fund or other parts of the Home Office.

"If they are expecting it to come out of existing budgets, that will not be sustainable and I believe they have a responsibility to increase our budget accordingly to cover both police officers and police staff."

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