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Javid: PM was wrong to block 3% police pay rise

HOME Secretary Sajid Javid said Theresa May made the ‘wrong decision’ when she blocked a three per cent pay rise for police, it has emerged.

Officials emphasised his objection to the ‘small’ increase in a letter, seen by The Daily Telegraph, sent to Downing Street in July.

His comments followed Mrs May’s decision to reject a recommendation by the independent Police Remuneration Review Body on officers’ pay.

Mr Javid wanted officers to be given a one-off bonus of one per cent that would effectively give them a three per cent rise but was overruled and a two per cent settlement was announced.

The Home Office letter said the review body had recommended the consolidation of the one per cent award for police officers from 2017/18, plus a further two per cent rise.

It said Mr Javid ‘was strongly in favour of this’ but the two per cent award meant ‘only a small one per cent pay rise in reality’. The letter said: ‘He continues to be of the view that this is the wrong decision.’

Mr Javid, who is tipped as a future Tory leader, said: ‘I’ll continue to fight on behalf of police to ensure they have the resources they need to do their jobs.’