Priority Payment Scam
Well it's coming around to that time of year where the lucky few are looking forward to a bumper pay packet amounting to somewhere in the region of an extra £900.00 after tax courtesy of the Priority Payment Scheme while others look on scratching their chins as to why they aren't benifitting from this re-disrtibution of wealth from the central coffers. To the uninitiated this scheme, which is now in it's third year, is an annual payment which is handed to officers who fulfill certain roles. Everybody knows which roles attract the payment and which don't. Now apart from the obvious devisive nature of paying people who are doing similar jobs different amounts of money it has had another damaging impact... Do you think core shift workers who make up the bulk of the force and bear an increasingly heavy workload attract this payment? No of course they don't, unless they have some sort of specialisation but have rotated back to a shift. No most of the posts that attract the payment are outwith the shifts thus giving folk the insentive to leave the shifts increasingly understrength and with less service on them. Thankfully this would appear to be the final year of the scheme in it's current form. And this is from somone who actually has 'benifited' from the extra money.