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HOWARD PLANS TO SLASH POLICE PAY BILLS, CLAIMS OBSERVER

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Home Secretary Michael Howard is secretly planning to save nearly half a billion pounds from police pay bills, the ...
Home Secretary Michael Howard is secretly planning to save nearly half a billion pounds from police pay bills, the Observer claims.

The paper says that Mr Howard's demands for cutting overtime completely and trimming police pay scales are revealed in a confidential document, seen exclusively by the Observer.

In a letter dated 29 October to Professor Laurence Hunter, chairman of the Police Negotiating Board, Mr Howard apparently reveals plans to save 400m a year by placing overtime payments with time off.

Annual increments could also be cut, the newspaper claims. An officer joining the police today could expect to being 1,000 worse off after 15 year's service.

Lyn Williams, general manager of the Police Federation, is quoted warning that the battle started by the Sheehy inquiry into police pay and conditions is not yet over.
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