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Police starting wage to be slashed.

Summary: The starting salary for police officers is to be slashed after the Home Secretary approved a package of controversial reforms.

The starting salary for police officers is to be slashed after the Home Secretary approved a package of controversial reforms.

Theresa May said she was pressing ahead with the radical overhaul proposed last year by civilian lawyer Tom Winsor and cut the starting salary for police constables by Au4,000 to Au19,000.

Rail regulator-turned-police watchdog Mr Winsor enraged tens of thousands of officers last year with his proposals, most of which have been accepted.

However, the Home Secretary said plans to bring in compulsory severance across all ranks will be held back for further negotiation.

In a written ministerial statement, Mrs May said the reforms were part of a programme to "modernise police pay and conditions so that they are fair to both officers and the taxpayer".

She said: "Existing police pay and conditions were designed more than 30 years ago which is why we asked Tom Winsor to carry out his independent review.

"Police officers and staff deserve to have pay and workforce arrangements that recognise the vital role they play in fighting crime and keeping the public safe, and enable them to deliver effectively for the public."

The Home Secretary added: "The Government's reform programme is working - crime is falling and public confidence is high."

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