Sajid Javid told Theresa May she made the ‘improper choice’ when she blocked a bigger pay rise for the police
Sajid Javid has clashed with Theresa May over police pay through telling the PM she was once “wrong” to dam a three% hike.
The Home Secretary spoke out towards the “small” rise for officials that was once dictated through Mrs May and Chancellor Philip Hammond.
The spat – recent proof of Mr Javid’s willingness to talk his thoughts towards the PM – got here after the Prime Minister’s rejection closing month of a advice through the Police Remuneration Review Body on officials’ pay.
Officials defined Mr Javid’s perspectives in a letter, observed through The Daily Telegraph, in July to Downing Street.
Mr Javid sought after officials to be given a one-off bonus of one% that may successfully give them three% rise however was once overruled and a 2% agreement was once introduced as a substitute.
The Home Office letter states: “As you are going to bear in mind, the Police Remuneration Review Body really helpful the consolidation of the 1% non-consolidated award for police officials from 2017/18 and, following that consolidation, a 2% consolidated build up for officials in any respect ranks from 1 September 2018.
“The Home Secretary was once strongly in favour of this.
“However, the PM and Chancellor have made up our minds that officials must handiest be given a 2% consolidated pay award, that means handiest a small 1% pay rise in fact. He remains to be of the view that that is the improper choice.”
When the pay award was once introduced, a Home Office press unlock mentioned that regardless of the advice of the evaluation frame, police employers instructed that the most reasonably priced award could be a 2% build up.
Mr Javid, who has been extensively tipped as a long run Tory chief, was once quoted as pronouncing: “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.”