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Leaked letter from Home Office is at odds with minister's public statement.

Saijd Javid told the Police Federation Conference he would back police officers

Saijd Javid told the Police Federation Conference he would back police officers

Date - 16th August 2018
By - Ian Weinfass and Press Association
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Home Secretary Sajid Javid said Theresa May made the "wrong decision" when she blocked a three per cent pay rise for the police, it has emerged.

The Cabinet minister apparently set his face against the "small" increase the Prime Minister favoured, despite publicly backing it.

Officials outlined Mr Javid's views in a letter, apparently seen by The Daily Telegraph, in July to Downing Street.

It followed Mrs May's decision to reject a recommendation by the independent Police Remuneration Review Body on officers' pay.

Mr Javid wanted officers to be given a three per cent rise but was overruled and a two per cent settlement was announced instead, officials say.

The Home Office letter, seen by the Conservative-supporting newspaper, states: "As you will be aware, the Police Remuneration Review Body recommended the consolidation of the one per cent non-consolidated award for police officers from 2017/18 and, following that consolidation, a two per cent consolidated increase for officers at all ranks from 1 September 2018. The Home Secretary was strongly in favour of this.

"However, the Prime Minister and Chancellor have decided that officers should only be given a two per cent consolidated pay award, meaning only a small one per cent pay rise in reality. He continues to be of the view that this is the wrong decision."

When the pay award was announced, a Home Office press release said that despite the recommendation of the review body, police employers advised that the maximum affordable award would be a two per cent increase. This is despite the pay review body taking representations from the NPCC into account before making its recommendation.

Mr Javid, who has been widely tipped as a future Tory leader, was quoted as saying: "This award represents the highest consolidated pay award since 2010. I'll continue to fight on behalf of police to ensure they have the resources they need to do their jobs effectively."

He had earlier told the Police Federation Conference he would back the service.

Police Federation chairman John Apter said yesterday the he wants frank discussions with the Home Secretary about cuts and the "continuous kicking" given to the service by parts of government.

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This disgusting woman needs to go. It makes me so angry really the more time goes on. She has attacked the police in every way possible, for no other reason than a hysterical dislike for the police. It is ideological and nothing to do with having to cut back.

Forces and officers are on their knees thanks largely in part to her and it doesn’t look like it is going to change anytime soon.

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