TV re­motes may be thing of past

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS -

More than 2,600 po­lice jobs are at risk be­cause the UK Gov­ern­ment is in­sist­ing forces fund a 1% pay rise for of­fi­cers, say Labour.

Shadow chan­cel­lor John McDon­nell says a leaked Trea­sury doc­u­ment shows the fi­nan­cial bur­den placed on po­lice de­part­men­tal bud­gets by the in­crease will come to £96mil­lion.

Labour said the in­ter­nal doc­u­ment showed the po­lice pay bill to be £9.6bil­lion, with the av­er­age salary of the 123,000 full-time staff stand­ing at £35,706.

The party cal­cu­lated that some 2,680 po­lice of­fi­cers and staff could be at risk if num­bers have to be cut.

Mr McDon­nell said: “The Tories have tried to play a game of di­vide and rule over the pub­lic sec­tor pay cap, by first an­nounc­ing a be­low in­fla­tion pay of­fer for only prison and po­lice of­fi­cers, which in re­al­ity is just a pay cut.”

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