A Renfrewshire MSP has welcomed the news that a pay deal has been agreed for all police officers.
A 7% increase to pay and allowances, which will be backdated to 1st April 2023, ensures a cumulative increase of 12.35% in police officer pay since April 2022.
The agreement was reached following extensive dialogue and negotiation through the Police Negotiating Board (PNB) – a body made up of representatives from the Scottish Police Authority, Police Scotland, the Scottish Government, the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents (ASPS), Scottish Police Federation (SPF) and the Scottish Chief Police Officers Staff Association (SCPOSA).
Police officers in Renfrewshire South and across Scotland, perform an essential role in keeping local communities safe and Tom Arthur has said that this pay deal recognises the hard work and valuable contribution they make to daily life.
Tom Arthur, SNP MSP for Renfrewshire South, said: “Police officers perform an essential role in keeping communities across Renfrewshire South safe and this pay deal recognises their hard work and valuable contribution.
“Despite the difficult financial environment created by Westminster, I strongly welcome the direct action taken by the Scottish Government to invest £11.6 billion in policing since 2013 to ensure that people in Renfrewshire South remain safe.
“I would like to recognise and thank those on the Police Negotiating Board who worked in good faith to achieve an agreement that works for all parties involved.
“In Scotland we have an SNP Government that is committed to keeping communities in Renfrewshire South safe – whilst also working to support those responsible for doing so through the Westminster cost-of-living crisis.”