One of the UK's most senior policemen has warned that the number of officers on the streets could fall as a result of the Government's cuts.

Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said the number of bobbies on the beat is not "sustainable".

He told the Acpo annual conference it was "misleading in the extreme" to imply critical duties will not be affected when budgets are slashed.

Home Secretary Theresa May also attended the event and told officers: "The cuts will be big, they will be tough to achieve, and cuts will fall on the police as they will on other important public services."

I always find articles like this a joke as you will always get the top dogs in government services tell you how things are going to cut “frontline” services. Did anyone check what Sir Hugh Orde’s salary is? I can’t find his but I did find Sir Norman Bettison, the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire, who said that his £213,000 salary and pension package. Because lets not forget all the fringed benefits that go along with riding the gravy train at the top. The Cars, expenses etc. etc. how much is the real cost of the top dogs in our “front line services?” truth of the matter is people like Sir Hugh Orde will push the “frontline services” because when people think frontline they think of the Police on the street, the nurse in the ward, or the teachers in the schools. Not the top heavy setup that most of our Government bodies have which not only have too much staff but too much pay for them aswell.

 

A review of boardroom pay, published today, found that chief executives of foundation trusts — the top band of NHS trusts — earned £157,500 in the year to March 2009 and had a 7.8 per cent salary rise. The report, from Incomes Data Services (IDS), showed that the average pay rise for chief executives across the health service was 6.9 per cent — the equivalent to an annual salary rise of almost £10,000. It followed a 6.4 per cent rise in 2007-08.

The findings, based on data from more than 380 NHS trusts in England, including primary care, mental health and ambulance trusts, prompted an angry reaction from union leaders over the “upstairs-downstairs” approach to pay in the NHS.

Concerns were also raised at the rewards given to foundation trusts chief executives — paid on average £10,000 more than other NHS chief executives.

Foundation trust status is a supposed marker of excellence, with greater financial freedoms. However, of the 22 NHS trusts given warnings this month over standards of care, 12 were foundation trusts.

David Cameron announced last week that public sector chiefs could expect to have their salaries cut under a Conservative government. He said it would ensure that no senior manager in the public sector could earn 20 times more than others in their organisation.

The IDS report found that the highest-paid chief executive was at Guy’s and St Thomas’ in London, with mid-point earnings of £270,000. At Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, the chief executive received £237,500 while at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the chief executive was paid £217,500.

In 2008-09 senior managers in NHS trusts linked to a national pay agreement received a 2.2 per cent rise. Nurses got 2.75 per cent in 2008-09 and 2.5 per cent in April this year.

Steve Tatton, editor of the IDS NHS Boardroom Pay Report 2010, said: “It seems that the equation has fallen on the side of high salary awards with pay continuing to run ahead of the rest of the workforce.”

Sharon Holder, GMB national officer, said it was a “disgrace” to have an “upstairs-downstairs model, with top echelons on the gravy train and low-paid workers whose job it is to stop the spread of viruses not getting pay they are entitled to without going on strike”.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said: “NHS and foundation trusts are independent organisations and set their senior pay in the light of the recommendations of their independent remuneration committees — there are no central targets.” – This is a prime example of “somebody else says it ok to give ourselves very large salaries but forget to mention who is actually on the committees as no doubt you will have people voting on their own pay rises similar to that of the MP’s.