North Wales Policeofficers respond to Police Federation’s latest Pay and Morale Survey
New research conducted by the Police Federation of England and Wales reveals that more police officers than ever before are seriously concerned about their finances.
North Wales 40% said they worry about money either every day or almost every day. This is compared to 51% nationally.
71% said they felt that they were worse off financially than they were five years ago. This is compared with the national figure of a 74%. And 11% reported never or almost never having enough money to cover all their essentials.
Additionally, the vast majority of North Wales Police respondents, 86%, did not feel fairly paid considering the stresses and strains of their job.
Low force morale has maintained a figure in the region of 80% for the last five years. Worryingly, responses for the negative effects of day-to-day job role and workload / responsibilities have increased over the last four years (Day-today job role 33.3% in 2016, 40.3% in 2018 and 41% in 2019. Workload and Responsibilities 43.1% in 2016 to 51.3% in 2018 and 60% in 2019). These figures underpin the messages from officers and the Police Federation that the service is at breaking point and that ‘Cuts have Consequences’.
The findings provide vital evidence to inform the Police Federation of England and Wales work on pay and conditions. The survey findings will be used in our submission to the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB – an independent group which advises the government on police pay) to help inform the pay award in 2020.
Locally, the findings will be used in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner, Chief Officers and other interested parties to inform and reinvigorate some of the work around Health and Wellbeing as well as a number of the operational reviews that are currently ongoing.
Mark Jones, General Secretary of the North Wales Police Federation said:
“This research must shock whoever forms the next government in to action. Every day police officers go to work to protect and serve the public to the best of their ability putting themselves in harm’s way and in some tragic cases making the ultimate sacrifice.
“They deal with enough stress and trauma at work and it is scandalous they are being put in the position where they are having to dealing with additional anxiety caused by money worries when they get home.
“Our members must be paid fairly for the job they do and should not be put in the unforgivable position of having to borrow from friends or family just to make ends meet.
Mr Jones added: “We have heard, and continue to hear, a lot of promises around policing and police officer wellbeing. Wellbeing means may things, one of the easier ways to help boost wellbeing is by boosting the pay in officers’ pockets. Since 2010 police officers have seen an 18% real-term pay cut from their pay, this is a national disgrace.
“These figures give a real sense of the struggles and frustrations facing my members, but despite feeling undervalued and underpaid most are still proud to be police officers.
“This is typical of those who do this extraordinary job, and something appreciated by the public. It now needs to be appreciated by those will control the Government purse strings.
“What is also of concern is the continued low force morale respondents have expressed. This is indicative of the never-ending increase in demands on the police from other public sector services where police are the first and last resort, picking up the slack where others have had their budgets and services cut.
“We sadly see, far too often, police officers who are at breaking point and, even more worrying, who are broken. We cannot go on like this. It has to change and improve and that has to be now”.