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POLICE FORCES SUED OVER AXED HOMES SUBSIDY

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Police recruits who do not qualify for housing allowances are suing their chief constables for using 'false and mis...
Police recruits who do not qualify for housing allowances are suing their chief constables for using 'false and misleading' inducements to get them to join the force, reported The Sunday Telegraph (p8).

Officers from 30 forces are being represented by the Police Federation in a series of court cases likely to be heard next summer. The officers all joined the police in 1994 and claim they were told they would receive housing allowances - a benefit which can add up to£5,000 on starting salary.

But the allowance for new recruitments was axed by government in September that year and, while the officers joined the force before that date, they started work after it.

A test case involving four officers was settled out of court in South Yorkshire last year - 'opening the flood gates' to dozens more claims, according to legal experts.
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