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POLICE AUTHORITIES AGREE TO SALVAGE SHEEHY PROPOSALS

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Police authorities this week agreed a compromise package to keep alive the best parts of the Sheehy reform proposal...
Police authorities this week agreed a compromise package to keep alive the best parts of the Sheehy reform proposals. They will present their plan to Home Secretary Michael Howard on 15 September. The authorities believe their plan will break the deadlock between the Home Office and police officers . The package would enable Mr Howard to say he achieved radical reform without pulling the police force apart, official side secretary Charles Nolda said on Wednesday.

'We have salvaged a radical package by building on the good bits of Sheehy and cutting out the bad bits', he said. 'The staff associations are going to stick rigidly to the status quo if they are faced with Sheehy.'

'The police authorities are breaking the deadlock with their constructive approach', said Mr Nolda.

The police authorities suggest Mr Howard should: abandon proposals for fixed term contracts; abandon plans that officers must be 60 before qualifying for full pensions:

Remove unworkable parts of the performance related pay proposals; retain plans to slim down hierarchies; get rid of the most outdated allowances and cut the overtime bill; retain elements of appraisal based pay.

'It will be a difficult package to negotiate', said Mr Nolda. 'But it has a fighting chance, unlike Sheehy'.

Meanwhile, the Association of County Councils and Association of Metropolitan Authorities have written to Sir Patrick asking why he supports government plans to reduce the role of council members.

Stephen Murphy, AMA police chairman, was angered that Sir Patrick's review team said it had not had time to visit many councils.

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