POA Circulars

134 | 17.12.2018


The POA was successful in challenging the employer HMPPS over their failure to introduce additional holiday pay for additional paid hours in the Berryman Case.

In July 2018 we met with HMPPS representatives who agreed that the policy would be introduced as of 1st March 2018 and back pay would be paid to all qualifying members from 1st February 2016 to 28th February 2018.

The policy and back pay are now with treasury for sign off and all eligible members will be paid the two years back pay in one payment and a second payment will be made to compensate members from the 1st of March 2018 to the date the policy is introduced. Once the policy is introduced a formula will be used to pay members on a claim made basis going forward.

The agreed formula of 7.663% will be made as an additional payment based on the hourly rate of the relevant payment. A list of qualifying payments will be covered in the final policy.

The Executive has been pressing for this policy and back pay but had to overcome several stumbling blocks with HMPPS, SSC and of course Treasury.

If outstanding Toil is paid this will attract the 7.663% additional payment to the hourly rate, for example when members leave the service with a balance of hours owed.

Sick absences following assaults will also attract an average payment based on the previous twelve weeks averaged additional hours at the relevant rate

All previous employee’s will need to make an individual claim via their previous governor once policy is implemented.

This is a major success by the POA NEC and I would like to thank members for their patience and understanding.

I will provide further updates on payment dates as soon as possible.

Please make the contents of this circular available to our members. Thanking you in anticipation of your continued support and co-operation.


Yours Sincerely



Steve Gillan
General Secretary