Tom Winsor Hasn’t Finished With You Yet…..

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, another shock comes along.

I truly hope that any of you reading this that are currently serving officers are fit and well.  I mean that, not a trace of sarcasm just for once.  And even more so, I hope you stay that way.

It used to be the way (in the Met certainly, maybe our County friends can let us know) that if you were unfit for full duties a ‘Light Duties’ post could normally be found for you. The Job would look after you because, after all, it is a Job Like No Other.  If you were unfortunate enough to be injured in the course of your duties and disabled to an extent that you could no longer carry out full duties this was taken for granted and, if necessary, a job was created for you, to say thank you for the sacrifice you had made serving The Queen.

Obviously you waved goodbye to overtime but basically you could rely on a full month’s salary inc Allowances at the end of each month.

And then along came Tom Winsor.  I haven’t heard very much about it since the publication of Windsor II to be honest, and presumably people were hoping that it would pass un-noticed, but it was brought to my notice today that Mr Winsor, cheeky chappie that he seems, is looking to take £3,000 a year of officers who are not able-bodied enough to carry out ALL duties that may be required of them.

On Friday last week the Disability News Service carried an article that disabled police officers are fighting attempts to force them to accept £3,000 less in basic salary than their non-disabled colleagues.  This was apparently tucked away at the back end of Winsor II and recommended that so-called restricted duty officers (those “unable to discharge the full range of police duties”) should be paid £2,922 less than those who were not on restricted duty.  A body called The Disabled Police Association (DPA) is angry that the Police Federation (PFEW) , which represents rank-and-file officers, and the Home Office working group – which are both working on implementing the Winsor recommendations – have failed to consult those officers who would be affected by the reforms.

Neither has the College of Policing, yet consulted disabled people or revised its 10-year-old  guidance to forces on disability in policing.

Susan Scott-Parker, chief executive of the Business Disability Forum, has written a letter to chief constable Alf Hitchcock, who leads on Equality, Diversity and Human Rights (EDHR) for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), and has copied it to the EDHR lead at the College of Policing.

This letter has not yet received a response, or even an acknowledgement.

PFEW apparently opposed this amendment to Pay and Conditions but the Police Arbitration Tribunal ruled against them.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “The Home Secretary has accepted the Police Arbitration Tribunal’s recommendation on pay relating to restricted duties.

“The reforms will make the process for managing injury and illness clearer and more transparent.

“Police officers will be able to see exactly what support will be provided to them, what timescales will apply and what factors will be taken into account during the decision process.

“It is imperative that forces continue to ensure the fair treatment of officers who suffer the misfortune of becoming sick or injured.

“We are now working on these reforms in consultation with Chief Constables, Police and Crime Commissioners and Police Staff Associations.”

So, there you are, stay healthy, fit and well, and definitely don’t get injured, because your reward may well be a £3k pay cut, or even the total loss of your job in return for a Disability Pension.

Sobering thought.

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9 thoughts on “Tom Winsor Hasn’t Finished With You Yet…..

  1. And if you get a call out and trip over the pavement because you are clumsy, don’t forget to sue the member of the public who was naive enough to expect service from the police!

  2. Hmm. I certainly knew about this as did various members of my family still serving – it’s a big worry. Especially for those who are ‘no longer youngsters’ as my sister says…

  3. Judging by their FOI avoidance policy, the Met seem not just economical with truth but quite free to act vindictively from behind their chinese wall of inscrutability.

    Even the most persistent of retired and angry inquisitors can inflict little more than a dent in skin so thick and caloused.

    When whistleblowers are maliciously and deliberately skewered fleeing from the wall, with no-one seemingly able even to chip it, what hope do the vulnerable have, caught in the employ of the Met and voicelessly subject to top-down edicts from unaccountable promotion-seekers still planning to cut 20%, cut 20% & cut 20%

    If CoPS has a remit catering only for officers no longer in the service, surely those unavoidably unfit for full duties yet still employed merit their own representative and supportive body?

    Perhaps CoLDS (care of light duties survivors) could speak out and urge a £3,000 bonus reduction from all ACPO target-chasers instead..

    • I heard today from Information Commissioner’s Office in respect of my complaint against a certain Police Service. It seems that they see not very prompt to respond to ICO but I should have some kind of result soon. But don’t get injured boys and girls, you can no longer rely on The Job looking after you. Long term you might even get sacked

      • Yes Winsor has plenty of shocks in store still to come over the next few years.One of the Feds greatest failings imho was its unwillingness to highlight the horrors yet to come.As a front line officer still a few years away from 30 I am seriously looking at throwing the towel in- there are only so many times you can be kicked and told you are crap,before you either start fighting back (not much sign of that regretably) or get up and get out.

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