The future of the Metropolitan Police Service (Supplementary) [18]

Session date: 
July 6, 2017
Question By: 
Len Duvall OBE
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Len Duvall AM:  I have two very quick questions, Chair.  One is just to seek clarity on something you said earlier on about the special grant payments.  I realise there are negotiations with the Home Office but for some of our colleagues it may have a bearing on a motion we may put later.  What would be the range of money that you would be seeking from the Government to have a discussion on?

Answer

Answer for The future of the Metropolitan Police Service (Supplementary) [18]

Answer for The future of the Metropolitan Police Service (Supplementary) [18]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Craig Mackey QPM (Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service):  Until we have done all the costs ‑‑ some of those incidents are still live so we are still spending money on those incidents. 

 

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  You would want to support the MPS application for a special grant?

 

Len Duvall AM:  We want to but some of our colleagues would not want to give you an open cheque on it. 

 

Craig Mackey QPM (Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service):  No, no.  To reassure you, the amount of auditing, it is costings. 

 

Len Duvall AM:  My next question, Chair - and thank you very much for that - is on the public sector pay cap and other remuneration issues with policing.  It is to the Deputy Commissioner.  Can you just give us very quickly some evidence about what the difficulties are, whether it is with the cap or with the payment systems and the reward systems in the MPS that you may be facing?

 

Craig Mackey QPM (Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service):  I will keep it quick because of time.  Every 1% on police pay puts £25 million of pressure into the budget in terms of where we are.  On the issue around pay and rewards for officers and staff, from what I have seen over the last few weeks you could not pay them enough in terms of what they have done and their tremendous achievement.  The decision whether to lift the pay cap is absolutely a political and national decision in terms of the budget.  We do not control that from London. 

 

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Are we over time?  If I can just add something also, because we have lost back office staff more police officers on the front line are doing back office work.  Do not forget annual leave, pressures around annual leave.  The London Carnival is shortly approaching and the pressures around there.  When I use the word ‘stretched’, that is my personal experience meeting officers from the highest rank to the lowest rank who are working incredibly hard.  My worry is: how much more can we stretch them?