Police pay review ‘ludicrous’

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A POLICE union today labelled the findings of a controversial review of pay and working conditions as “ludicrous”.

Former rail regulator Tom Winsor (pictured) has suggested, in his report, changes to pensions and pay to save almost £2bn over five years.

The second part of the Winsor Review suggests an increase in the police pension age to 60, the introduction of compulsory redundancies within the service and a cut in the starting salary for constables from £23,500 to £19,000.

It also calls for annual fitness tests for all officers – with a pay cut for those who regularly fail – as well as a minimum entry requirement of three A-levels for all new recruits and the power to sack police who are badly injured in the line of duty.

And Rachel Baines, chairman of the Lancashire Police Federation which represents bobbies across the Fylde coast, said: “Morale within the police service is already at an all-time low, but this will make it even worse. All it will do is de-motivate officers even further.”