I have met police officers to hear their worries about the Winsor proposals on police pay. Understandably some police officers are worried that their pay will be cut, owing to the new scales and the enlarged pension contributions.
I took these matters up with Mr Winsor this week when he came to the Commons to hear MPs concerns and to listen to our representations on behalf of constituents. I put to him the worries about pay, and said that I did not think we wanted to cut police pay for officers doing important work fighting crime.
He said that on his proposals most police officers would be better off. He explained that there would be extra payments for anti social hours, for front line duties and for special skills. When I asked why so many police officers did not seem to think this would be the case he said he had set out on line a calculator so they could check it out for themselves. He argued that his proposals had been misrepresented in the media.
If any local police officer is worried about the pay changes, they can log on to review.police.uk and will see on the front page a calculator facility to open which will enable to work out easily what the changes might mean for them. Mr Winsor says it will be reassuring to many. I am happy to take cases up again if officers find their calcultations do not come up with a fair and reasonable answer.