'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:
'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.