Conditions of Service - Police Staff

This section provides further information in relation to the following conditions of service for members of police staff:

Occupational Health Support
Flexible Working
Childcare Voucher Scheme
Relocation
Pension
Holidays
Professional Fees
Unison - Staff Association
Sports Club

Occupational Health Support

Extensive support is available for all staff in relation to their health and welfare. Trained staff within the unit provide personal support and make referrals to outside agencies who can provide specialist support in particular areas.

Flexible Working

We are committed to considering all requests for flexible working and wherever possible accommodate these requests. Reduction of hours or changes to patterns of working will be considered. Examples of alternative patterns of working include reduced hours, job sharing, term time working, flexi time, compressed hours and variable time working. This list is not exhaustive and all requests will be given consideration.

Childcare Voucher Scheme

The Childcare Voucher Scheme allows an employee to exchange part of their salary for childcare vouchers.  If you are a working parent with children under the age of 16, you could be eligible to request childcare vouchers up to the value of £55 per week (£220 per 4-week pay period).  Childcare vouchers are tax-free and exempt from both employee and employer National Insurance Contributions and can therefore reduce the cost of childcare for employees by up to 10% while at the same time saving the employer, Humberside Police, money too.  

If both parents are working for Humberside Police, both can request childcare vouchers - equating to a potential Tax and National Insurance saving of between £1,196 and £2,392 per annum. 

Childcare vouchers can be used to pay for the following forms of registered childcare: day nurseries, childminders, nannies, au pairs, before and after school clubs and even holiday schemes. 

Who Provides the Vouchers?

There are a number of providers of childcare vouchers, but Humberside Police have chosen Fideliti Ltd.   For more information, please use the contact details below:

Relocation

New employees moving into the area may be entitled to take advantage of the Authority’s Relocation Scheme. This provides support to cover relocation costs, removal expenses and legal fees

Pension

Employees are able to join the contributory Local Government Pension Scheme, which provides a number of benefits including:

A generous retirement gratuity and index linked pension, after you reach the age of 65.
Enhanced pension and lump sum, if you have to retire on ill health grounds.
Financial support (subject to eligibility criteria) for surviving dependants.

Holidays

The Force offers a generous annual leave entitlement, which provides for additional leave after 5 years continuous service with a police authority. 

Up to and including scale 1 – 24 days (*29 days after 5 years and 30 days after 10 years)
Up to and including scale 4 – 25 days (*30 days after 5 years)
Up to and including scale 6 - 27 days (*30 days after 5 years and 31 days after 10 years)
Up to and including MP7 - 29 days (*30 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years)
Up to and including MP1- 31 days (*32 days after 5 years and 35 days after 10 years) 

* Continuous service includes service with one or more of the employers covered by the Redundancy Payments Modification Order 1983 (and its amendments).    The additional leave applies from the 1st day of the month following the completion of 5 or 10 years service and will be calculated for the remainder of the leave year on a pro-rata basis. The additional leave will be expressed in whole days rounded to the nearest whole day where necessary.

Employees at all grades receive a further 8 days leave a year through Bank Holidays. A reward leave scheme also operates for employees who have no sickness during the year

Professional Fees

Employees who are professionally qualified and belong to an approved job related Institute will be reimbursed for their professional fees.

Unison - Staff Association

UNISON members make up Britain’s biggest trade union – almost 1.3 million members working across the public services. It is the largest union in the Police Service. Our manifesto for Police Staff – Equal Before the Law describes how police staff will feel in a truly modernised police service. 

UNISON members are supported by workplace representatives as well as experienced full-time local, regional and national officers.

Being a UNISON member gives you a huge range of benefits, including: 

Unrivalled protection and representation at work.
Help with pay and conditions of service.
Health and safety guidance and support.
Confidential welfare services for you and your dependents in difficult times.
Excellent legal services including free help with work problems and legal support for members and their families.
Pensions advice.
Online employment and workplace advice.
Education and training advice and courses, leading to vocational and professional qualifications.
Special deals on everything from computers, tax returns, holidays, mortgages, car breakdown services, insurance and credit cards.
Our own holiday centre for members and families at the Devon seaside.  

There are also numerous fringe benefits such as: 

A free legal service.
A free will service.
Mortgage discounts.
Insurance discounts.
Welfare provision.
Holiday club.
Holiday centre.
Credit card with no annual fee.
Education and training courses.  

Looked at logically, you could easily save your monthly subscriptions by utilising these benefits so effectively your membership would be ‘free’. 

If you would like to join UNISON please either contact your local workplace representative or one of the full-time branch officers.

Sports Club

There are currently 19 recognised sections supported by the Force Sports Club. Club Members have the opportunity to take part in competitive sports ranging from chess to rugby and from darts to sailing, in organised events against Police Forces or other organisations.

The Sports Club also supports some non-competitive activities such as flying and sub aqua diving. Both sections offer training facilities for members.