Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin demands fair pay for police force workers

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is demanding the Government give the recent pay increase provided to police officers to other police force employees as well.


The government recently awarded an extra 1% in pay to police officers above but failed to provide the increase to PCSO’s, forensic officers and emergency call handlers.

The Government’s announcement came after widespread pressure to scrap the pay cap, which has seen public sector workers see a real term cut to their wages.

Ian Austin said:

“Public sector workers have seen the pay cut in real terms over the last seven years, and I’ve been campaigning for fair pay for hardworking public servants so I’m pleased police officers are finally getting an extra one per cent, but other staff should be getting this too.

“As a start, the Government should be recognising the valuable contribution all police force employees make to keeping us safe.

“The West Midlands Police budget has been slashed by £145 million by the Government. There have been reductions to staff numbers but crime isn’t going down - it’s increasing and there are fewer people to deal with it.

“PCSOs play a hugely important role in the community, providing a visible presence in fighting crime. From forensics to emergency call handling - police staff do essential work keeping the West Midlands safe.

“I want to see the public sector pay cap scrapped for all workers, but to make a distinction between one part of the public sector and another, who all play their part in keeping us safe is completely unfair.” 

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