PCC blasts pay freeze suggestions

Published on: Friday, 20th November 2020

The Police & Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, Hardyal Dhindsa, is calling on the Chancellor to think very carefully before freezing public sector pay to help address the deficit caused by the cost of the Covid pandemic.  

He said: “I recognise that we all have a part to play both in the handling of this pandemic and the costs associated with it. It is, however, unacceptable to me that those very people who have been at the frontline of this country’s response could well be hit the hardest by this potential freeze in pay.

“It sends out a message that whilst the Government is happy to send you off to the frontline, with little or no clear guidance, it doesn’t really value the work you do, nor the impact you have made.

“This is a smack in the face for many of those people who have worked so hard, in very difficult circumstances, to keep the country safe.

“What is especially galling is that this comes fresh on the heels of the National Audit Office’s report earlier this week that identified a lack of transparency and rigour in the decision making and procurement of PPE.   It begs the question whether a more robust approach might have left a smaller shortfall in the budget.

“I urge Mr Sunak to seriously consider both the impact and the message such a freeze could have.  We are all in this together and we must support those who have worked tirelessly to support us.”

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