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2017 is the time we must stop and consider reforming police pay. Political representation of police pay reforms should be a vital issue for Theresa May and her government within 2017

It has been announced that new starters joining the police could now face a 20% cut £19,773 meaning new officers will have just £35 disposable income after living costs per month, No wonder officers are being handed food vouchers by policing charities with the further cuts the issues are only going to get worse and deeper.

The first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher discovered the harsh reality of policing when she achieved election in 1979, her reforms were radical and she quickly learnt that she needed the police on her side. She was an unpopular prime minister and she needed the support of the police.

As Prime Minters goes she was very unpopular with the youth and they caused her government and the police some headaches, they rebelled and caused riots up and down the country. Thatcher needed the support of the police.

Thatcher discovered by the help of the Edmund-Davies Review that police officers were poor, they could not afford to buy their homes or put food on the tables for their loved ones. The police faced problems with new officers wanting to join the job and those that did join quickly left. Simply they were not on her side.

Police forces struggled with the recruitment of new officers no one wanted to join and those that did quickly left the job, Thatcher didn’t have the support of police officers. Simply they were not on her side.

Edmund-Davis found that the reason for this was the low pay for the officers who risked life and limb to protect the queen, government and country. The job was dangerous.

The money an officer in 1970s Britain was offered was lacking to comparable occupations and Edmund-Davies began an inquiry appointed by the Labour government into the police pay and conditions just ahead of a conservative government being appointed.

July 1978 The Edmund-Davies review concluded that police officers such receive a substantial pay increase of 45 per cent. up until that point police pay had been poor, they were not rewarded enough for the dangerous job they are doing.

David Cameron wanted to ensure the government cut back and contained the spending on policing, he wanted to change the way the police and the government held negotiations regarding police pay reviews, He appointed a new review ‘The Winsor Review’ who reformed policing which effectively replaced the Edmund-Davies Review.

The Winsor review changed pay scales of new recruits and ensured police spending cuts, and officer numbers reduced. Fast forward to now 2017. We have gone the full circle as we are back in a state whereby Police Officers are struggling.

More and more officers are now approaching their force welfare fund, which is a charity set up to support police officers who are on rock bottom. They cannot afford to pay household bills or buy the basics such as food.

In 2017 there is a national disgrace that our officers are not being rewarded for the hard working challenging job that they are doing day in and day out. Some are simply leaving because comparable jobs are offering more money and a more comfortable life for them and their family.

The simple and most shocking fact here is that ‘Police officers within the UK are so desperate for help because their pay and conditions mean they cannot put food on the table for their families, they are struggling to keep a roof over their head’.

Police Officers are unable to afford the luxury of owning their own home or even heating it during the winter. We are back to how it was in the 1970s, which can be linked directly to The Winsor review, which brought in the police pay cap.

New officers see their starting rate at just £19K. Police Community Support Officers and Police Staff are becoming officers and in the process of transferring over have to take a considerable pay cut to become a front line officer.

While all of this is happening the cost of living is rising and police pay is staying the same. You’d think police officers were rich and that is a general perception but sadly this is not true.

We’d also assume that it is only the new officers joining who are struggling to make ends meet. It is in fact across the scale and the more experienced officers who are being stationed further away from home sometimes many miles means officers have to pay the petrol instead of providing food for the table.

Other changes in circumstances that we’ll not go into are also causing officers to struggle. This is a national policing crisis and something does need to be done. Officers who serve and protect us, who keep us safe at night simply are not getting paid enough for the dangerous job they are doing.

As we enter two years of political uncertainty and head for Brexit Theresa May just like Thatcher in the 1970s will need her officers on her side.

Welcome back to the 1970s as we prepare to elect Theresa May as the next conservative Prime Minster, with the hope that policing pay is reformed and our officers don’t have to rely on the police welfare funds to provide a meal for their family.

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Hospital turn off life support machine because family couldn’t pay £7k bill

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The family of British man have been left devastated and furious after an Egyptian hospital because staff switched off his life support without their permission.

Despite this the hospital claim Adrian King suffered cardiac arrest however his family have told the local courts it’s because they didn’t have the money to pay a £7k insurance bill.

Adrian aged 39 became ill while he was on holiday with his friend in Hurghada, on Egypt’s east coast.

All of a sudden he fell unconscious and was being treated in hospital, during his time in hospital it was discovered his insurance policy have been voided and they demanded an upfront payment while he laid on his death bed.

The inquest heard how the insurance was void as he had not declared a bacterial infection he had within his stomach two years before his holiday.

Adrian’s dad Charles Bumford told the hearing: “A man at the hospital stood in my son’s room and told me: ‘The insurance is null and void – you pay now or I switch off the machines.’

“I didn’t have the £7,000 ($9,800) he was asking for at that time. As he walked out of the room he started switching things off.”

Charles added that he tried contacting the hospital ’50 times’ but he never received an answer. The friend Adrian was with at the time, Nicola, was similarly confused by the situation occurring in the medical facility.

“They did the second dialysis and then said that the insurance was voided,” she told the inquest.

“They never said he had a cardiac arrest or anything, they said it was stopping, because the funding was stopped.”

Our thoughts are with the family of Adrian at this difficult time.

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Woman arrested after leaving move your vehicle note on ambulance attending 999 call

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Police have taken a zero tolerance approach to a woman who left a note on an ambulance.

The note left paramedics disgusted police have now confirmed they have arrested a woman after the abusive note was left on an ambulance demanding it parked somewhere else while it was attending a 999 emergency call.

The note stated ‘I couldn’t give a s**t if the whole street collapsed”

The crew were also verbally abused while attending the emergency call while attempting to deal with an ongoing medical incident on Sunday afternoon.

Now a 26-year-old Tunstall woman has been arrested for public order offences.

Chief Inspector John Owen, commander of Staffordshire Police’s Stoke-on-Trent North policing team, tweeted about the incident.

He added: “We will not tolerate abuse or intimidation of our emergency services. This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable and we will take appropriate action against offenders.

“The arrest relates to matters of verbal abuse that could constitute offences under the Public Order Act. This is not solely about the note.”

A Staffordshire Police spokesman confirmed the force took action after seeing details reported on Twitter.

The woman remains in police custody and enquiries are on-going.

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Jon Venables Reportedly Attacked With Boiling Water By Fellow Inmate

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Jon Venables attacked with boiling water by a fellow inmate. 

Jon Venables, one of the schoolboys who murdered James Bulger in 1993 has been attacked in prison after an image was released on social media.

Venables who is now aged 35 was attacked with boiling water and sugar after a fellow inmate managed to work out his identity.

Venables have been living under a fake name since 2001 and was sent back to jail having broken the conditions of his release and being found guilty of child pornography.

Venables was banned from travelling back to Liverpool but he had been attending music events and going to Everton Football matches.

He was later found to be in possession of cocaine and was also having a relationship with an underage girl.

Prison Officers were forced to place Venables on lockdown after his identity was revealed and he was attacked with boiling water and sugar.

it is alleged that Venables complained that guards did nothing at first to stop the attack from happening and offered him little help once he had been assaulted.

The Ministry of Justice confirmed to Police Hour that “incidents of this nature happen within prisons and we cannot discuss the nature of individual cases”

Now that the true identity of Venables is known within side the prison after images have been circulated among inmates it will be inevitable that another attack will happen.

Venables is currently serving a three-year sentence for child pornography offences and possession of 1,170 images of children which included babies.

It is believed inmates have been circulating images of Venables from prison to prison in the hope that one prisoner can identity him.

Facebook and Twitter this month removed images from their social media websites of various men who people claimed was Venables.

It is a criminal offence to name or identity Venables on social media due to an anonymity order granted in 2001 that prevents him from ever being named or identified.

Due to the nature of his repeat offending there is mounting pressure to scrap that order in order to prevent further children being targeted.

However due to the nature of Venables sick attack these orders are likely never to be removed.

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