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Police Federation calls for pay increase

Naomi Long is the new Justice Minister for Northern Ireland.

A BODY representing Northern Ireland's police officers have called on newly appointed Justice Minister Naomi Long to implement a pay increase, to bring them on line with officers in England and Wales.

The Police Federation for Northern Ireland (PFNI) say they are due a 2.5 per cent increase.

The Independent Pay Review Body recommended the rise in June last year.

The British government accepted the recommendation and awarded officers in England and Wales 2.5 per cent which took effect on September 1, last year.

However, the collapse of the assembly and no Justice Minister to sign off on the increase, meant the PSNI did not receive the pay award.

PFNI chairman Mark Lindsay said it was the third consecutive year that pay increases in Northern Ireland have not been implemented on time.

"I have written to the minister, Naomi Long MLA, asking her to get this matter resolved without delay.

"In fact, we are about to enter discussions on a new pay round for 20/21 while 19/20 remains outstanding and that is unacceptable.

"This situation can be remedied at a stroke of the pen and I would ask the new minister to show that the restoration of devolved institutions actually counts for something with prompt and decisive action.

"We have congratulated Ms Long on her appointment and are looking forward to a productive engagement across a wide range of policing matters including PSNI resources, recruitment, legacy, the function of the Police Ombudsman’s office and criminal justice issues that impact on our officers," he added.

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