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Theresa May was at war with the police union last night after she released figures showing pay for some officers had risen by a third.
In an effort to counter Labour claims about declining public sector pay, she pointed to the automatic increases enjoyed by police constables and some other state employees.
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But the Police Federation said the Prime Minister was telling a downright lie and 'losing touch with reality'. It said pay was 16 per cent down.
On Tuesday Downing Street announced the end of the 1 per cent cap on public sector pay, which has been in place since 2013. It also said all police officers would get a 1 per cent basic pay increase – and another 1 per cent as a bonus.
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Labour and the unions argue that, because inflation is running at just under 3 per cent, police were still getting a pay cut.
But in the House of Commons yesterday, Mrs May hit back.
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She pointed to official figures showing that a typical officer who joined the police in England and Wales in 2010 would have seen his take home pay increase by a third since 2010 even after inflation is taken into account.
She said: 'A calculation suggests that a new police officer in 2010, thanks to progression pay and annual basic salary increases and the increase in the personal allowance that is a tax cut for people, has actually seen an increase in their pay of over £9,000 since 2010 - a real-terms increase of 32 per cent.'
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But the Police Federation of England and Wales, which represents the rank and file, said pay had fallen 16 per cent since 2010, when inflation is taken into account.
Federation vice-chairman Calum Macleod said: 'The Government...
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