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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19602: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 25 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether there is a disparity in pay for equivalent custody staff between the different legacy forces in Police Scotland and, if so, (a) what this is, (b) what action Police Scotland is taking to address it, (c) by what date the gap will be closed and (d) how it will ensure that all staff receive all backpay that they are due arising from the historic differential, and that this is provided in a timeous manner.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 6 November 2018

The pay and conditions of police staff, including custody staff, are a matter for the Scottish Police Authority. SPA and Police Scotland have been taking forward an extensive programme of work to harmonise staff pay and conditions and I understand negotiations with the relevant unions have been positive and are at an advanced stage.