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Officers from the rank of Constable to Chief Inspector will receive an additional 10 per cent of their basic pay for all hours worked between 8.00pm and 6.00am, including overtime. This payment is not pensionable and should be paid for each full hour actually worked. Where overtime is worked between 8.00pm and 6.00am, the rate of the allowance is still 10 per cent of basic pay, not 10 per cent of the overtime rate. The allowance is paid in full in respect of each full hour worked - the ‘Queen’s half hour’ is not excluded. You must complete a continuous hour to attract the payment.
Thames Valley Police has published the following but please contacvt the office if you require additional information:
As agreed between the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and Federation, from January 1 2016 police officers will receive an annual leave top-up payment relating to overtime and certain allowances paid.
This payment is to top-up your basic pay to your ‘normal remuneration’. TVP have decided for fairness and reduced administration costs that all officers will receive this additional allowance as 20/365 (four weeks statutory annual leave divided by 365 days).
This will be for the following payments;
· All forms of overtime (to include public holidays)
· Unsocial hours
· Away from home allowance
· Rest day working compensation
· Part-time additional hours
· On-Call and standby allowances
The pensionable status of the top-up payment will reflect that of the allowance being paid.
How will it show on my payslip?
These additional payments will be split out on your payslip to reflect each allowance as follows;
Payment Hrs/Days Rate Amount
Hol TopUp Unsocial NP 39 0.0843 3.29
Hol TopUp T1/3 NP 12 0.9901 11.88
Hol TopUp Plain P 5 0.9881 4.94
Hol TopUp £ NonPen 13.70
Allowances paid based on hours e.g. overtime will reflect the amount of hours being topped up. Allowances that are based on cash amounts e.g. on-call will only show the top up amount.
c. Additional to what the officer might otherwise have incurred
d. Backed by Receipts
e. Lodging Expenses
If you are required by the force to stay overnight at a location and not allowed to return home, you may claim a £50 allowance per night. To receive this you must be "held in reserve". Regulations state "that a member is held in reserve for the purposes of this paragraph if the member is serving away from his normal place of duty (whether because the member has been provided for the assistance of another police force under section 24 of the Police Act 1996 or otherwise) and is required to stay in a particular, specified place rather than being allowed to return home." You would not be able to claim this if you were on training or "routine enquiries". Following an amendement to the determinations on 1st March 15, simply being unable to return home because of the physical distance may not allow a claim as it allows discretion of the Chief Constable.
The Force's view on this was published in May 15 & is as follows:
Police regulations changed the criteria to qualify for the away from home overnight allowance on 1 March 2015.
The definition of “held in reserve” has been amended and now includes the need to be ready for immediate deployment. This means that you will be eligible for payment only if your deployment requires you to be ready to be recalled to duty between shifts. For example if you are sent to another force on mutual aid to search for a missing person and you are told that you need to be ready for immediate deployment during the period you are off duty in case new intelligence comes to light (as long as you meet the other criteria too), you will qualify for the payment.
You will not qualify for the allowance if, for instance, you are sent to another force to interview a prisoner, stay overnight because it is not practical to return home on the same day and there is no requirement for you to be ready to deploy between shifts whilst you are there. The electronic claim form has been updated to include this new criterion. Please see the staff portal for full details of claiming the away from home overnight allowance and to access the claim form -
Officers may claim a £30 per night hardship allowance if they are held in reserve (see para above) and are not offered proper accommodation. “Proper accommodation” means a room for the sole occupation of the member, with an en suite bathroom. This would be paid in addition to the £50 pn away from home overnight allowance described above.