No more public funds for Police Federation

Home Secretary Theresa May

Home Secretary Theresa May

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PUBLIC funding to the Police Federation of England and Wales will be withdrawn from this summer in an announcement which has shocked North Yorkshire officers.

Speaking at the Federation’s annual meeting, Home Secretary Theresa May told members the Government would force the changes if needed.

An independent review ordered by the Federation into the operation of the organisation found 36 recommendations which it was currently considering, but Federation bosses in North Yorkshire said yesterday’s announcement, came as a surprise and showed little respect for officers.

Mrs May said: “Make no mistake – if you do not make significant progress towards the implementation of the Normington reforms and Federation does not start to turn itself around, you must not be under the impression that the Government will let things remain as they are.” Public funding to the Federation, which was £320,000 and reduced to £190,000, will now be stopped completely, with the funds going instead to Police First, which she called “a new scheme designed to attract the brightest young university graduates into the police”.

She also said police officers would now have to opt into the Federation, rather than becoming members automatically, and she would change the law to allow the Home Office to access all Federation accounts without question.

Mrs May said she would also recommend that the Federation become subject to the Freedom of Information Act. Her speech was greeted by silence from the hundreds of Federation members present.

Mike Stubbs, incoming chairman of the North Yorkshire Police Federation, said the organisation was committed to the principle of the reforms, but Mrs May’s speech demonstrated a lack of respect for officers.

He said: “The speech made by the Home Secretary was sadly indicative of the low regard in which policing is held by the current Government. Thankfully, as recent opinion polls show, the public continue to hold police officers in considerably higher regard than politicians. “It is disappointing that, having previously stated that reform of the Police Federation was a matter for the Police Federation, she has now reneged on that commitment and warned she will impose all the changes contained in the Independent Review.

Even the report’s author, Sir David Normington, is on record as saying that he did not expect all of his recommendations to be implemented.” Steve Williams, chair of the Police Federation, said: “In all honesty the comments made by the Home Secretary came as a total surprise and I was given no indication of what was going to be said. We have already indicated we are an organisation that is willing to change and it is for us to make the key decisions around reform over the next few days.”

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12:46pm Thu 22 May 14

MarkyMarkMark says...

Police being punished for "Plebgate" by a vindictive Government? All being punished for the actions of a few?

Although it is a little odd the the Police Federation, which is effectively their Union, is currently funded by the public, not by the members.

But in exchange for losing that public funding, shouldn't the Federation be allowed to organise itself, not be subject to impositions from outside?
Police being punished for "Plebgate" by a vindictive Government? All being punished for the actions of a few? Although it is a little odd the the Police Federation, which is effectively their Union, is currently funded by the public, not by the members. But in exchange for losing that public funding, shouldn't the Federation be allowed to organise itself, not be subject to impositions from outside? MarkyMarkMark
  • Score: -5

12:48pm Thu 22 May 14

Dave Ruddock says...

did we all read this right "a new scheme designed to attract the brightest young university graduates into the police”. best some university,s check on their undergraduates for arrest records, miss use of drugs etc etc. I know one sided arguments , As for actual use of the Police Forces (all 30- 40 ) of them . What ever happened to the (Proactive) its all (Reactive) for undergraduates thats reactive - after something has happened . I rest my case lol
did we all read this right "a new scheme designed to attract the brightest young university graduates into the police”. best some university,s check on their undergraduates for arrest records, miss use of drugs etc etc. I know one sided arguments , As for actual use of the Police Forces (all 30- 40 ) of them . What ever happened to the (Proactive) its all (Reactive) for undergraduates thats reactive - after something has happened . I rest my case lol Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -5

1:11pm Thu 22 May 14

meme says...

For once I agree with our Home secretary
Trust in the police is generally low whereas it should be completely total.
there have been too many incidents of obvious lying/fiddling figures/trying to bend the law etc to their will which is completely unacceptable tot eh public.
Also why should the public fund an organisation with millions tucked away.
Does anyone think its right that Plebgate involved lying policemen/women and then the police federation tried to cover for them. Perhaps it is revenge but rightly so!
we need to have 100% faith in an unpoliticised police force and I for one do not have that at present
For once I agree with our Home secretary Trust in the police is generally low whereas it should be completely total. there have been too many incidents of obvious lying/fiddling figures/trying to bend the law etc to their will which is completely unacceptable tot eh public. Also why should the public fund an organisation with millions tucked away. Does anyone think its right that Plebgate involved lying policemen/women and then the police federation tried to cover for them. Perhaps it is revenge but rightly so! we need to have 100% faith in an unpoliticised police force and I for one do not have that at present meme
  • Score: 17

3:55pm Thu 22 May 14

Pete the Brickie says...

That speech putting that bunch firmly in their place was fantastic, the Federation has got away with far too much for far too long. I for one am really glad Downing Street Police did what they did ,were caught and the Federation unconditionally supported them as it at last made the government open their eyes and act.
That speech putting that bunch firmly in their place was fantastic, the Federation has got away with far too much for far too long. I for one am really glad Downing Street Police did what they did ,were caught and the Federation unconditionally supported them as it at last made the government open their eyes and act. Pete the Brickie
  • Score: 5

3:56pm Thu 22 May 14

Zetkin says...

We've never had an "unpoliticised" police force.

The force is there to make sure our lords and masters remain our lords and masters; it's a deeply political role.

It was our rulers who set up the Police Federation as a way of heading off dissent after the police strikes of 1919. I'm a little surprised that they feel confident enough to attack some of their most loyal henchmen. Perhaps they should remember that pride comes before a fall...
We've never had an "unpoliticised" police force. The force is there to make sure our lords and masters remain our lords and masters; it's a deeply political role. It was our rulers who set up the Police Federation as a way of heading off dissent after the police strikes of 1919. I'm a little surprised that they feel confident enough to attack some of their most loyal henchmen. Perhaps they should remember that pride comes before a fall... Zetkin
  • Score: 1

4:03pm Thu 22 May 14

eeoodares says...

Awesome speech. Fundamentally corrupt and operating outside of the rule of law and common decency. It is about time the Police were put in their place!
Awesome speech. Fundamentally corrupt and operating outside of the rule of law and common decency. It is about time the Police were put in their place! eeoodares
  • Score: 4

5:08pm Thu 22 May 14

Caecilius says...

meme wrote:
For once I agree with our Home secretary
Trust in the police is generally low whereas it should be completely total.
there have been too many incidents of obvious lying/fiddling figures/trying to bend the law etc to their will which is completely unacceptable tot eh public.
Also why should the public fund an organisation with millions tucked away.
Does anyone think its right that Plebgate involved lying policemen/women and then the police federation tried to cover for them. Perhaps it is revenge but rightly so!
we need to have 100% faith in an unpoliticised police force and I for one do not have that at present
Obvious lying/fiddling figures/trying to bend the law to their will? You've pretty much described the Tory Party there and, as Andrew Mitchell was its Chief Whip, his version of events is de facto highly suspect.
[quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: For once I agree with our Home secretary Trust in the police is generally low whereas it should be completely total. there have been too many incidents of obvious lying/fiddling figures/trying to bend the law etc to their will which is completely unacceptable tot eh public. Also why should the public fund an organisation with millions tucked away. Does anyone think its right that Plebgate involved lying policemen/women and then the police federation tried to cover for them. Perhaps it is revenge but rightly so! we need to have 100% faith in an unpoliticised police force and I for one do not have that at present[/p][/quote]Obvious lying/fiddling figures/trying to bend the law to their will? You've pretty much described the Tory Party there and, as Andrew Mitchell was its Chief Whip, his version of events is de facto highly suspect. Caecilius
  • Score: 35

6:46pm Thu 22 May 14

E=MC^2 says...

How surprised should we be that it only takes a conflict with a Tory minister to get the Establishment up off its backside and act?
How surprised should we be that it only takes a conflict with a Tory minister to get the Establishment up off its backside and act? E=MC^2
  • Score: 47

8:23pm Thu 22 May 14

Y.I.P. says...

Amazed we are giving £200k to the:FED: who have £70 million stashed in secret accounts,bit like the chief officers club eh,at least Teresa May got her own back after the abuse she received at conference a couple of years ago, he he
Amazed we are giving £200k to the:FED: who have £70 million stashed in secret accounts,bit like the chief officers club eh,at least Teresa May got her own back after the abuse she received at conference a couple of years ago, he he Y.I.P.
  • Score: -52

2:24pm Sat 24 May 14

eeoodares says...

E=MC^2 wrote:
How surprised should we be that it only takes a conflict with a Tory minister to get the Establishment up off its backside and act?
So nothing to do with a breach of due process then?
[quote][p][bold]E=MC^2[/bold] wrote: How surprised should we be that it only takes a conflict with a Tory minister to get the Establishment up off its backside and act?[/p][/quote]So nothing to do with a breach of due process then? eeoodares
  • Score: -1

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