Hampshire police officers face two year pay freeze

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PLANS to impose a two-year pay freeze on police officers and staff are to be thrashed out at a tribunal.

Hampshire Constabulary police and civilians who are paid more than £21,000 a year could have incremental pay rises stopped if recommendations in the controversial Winsor Review go ahead.

The review of police pay and conditions by former rail regulator Tom Winsor would also see those earning under £21,000 receive a £250 payment.

It would come as Hampshire’s force battles to save up to £50m by April 2015 in the wake of government spending cuts.

As reported in The News, up to about 1,100 police officer and 700 staff jobs are to be axed to save cash.

John Apter, Hampshire Police Federation chairman, said: ‘The report has gone to a police independent appeals tribunal where it is being reviewed by a panel.

‘Negotiations have failed.

‘The Police Federation gave a proposal that would have saved millions of pounds, but that was rejected.

‘That demonstrates this is not purely about finance, this is about reform.

‘The police appeals tribunal will decide, hopefully in a short space of time, what parts of the Winsor Review to accept.’

A final decision should lie with Home Secretary Theresa May.

However she has reportedly said she could refer it to the House of Commons.