In line with government regulations – The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017 – Kent Police has followed the reporting principles set out in the UK Government’s methodology, which came into force in April 2017, to collate and publish data on the amount and cost of facility time within Kent Police. The data represents the financial year 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022. The Unison Branch for Kent Police report an increase in the number of stewards in the past twelve months (from 23 to 28 employees) although, the full-time equivalent employee figure has slightly reduced from 22.5 to 21.95 FTE. This is reflected in table 1 – Relevant Union Officials.
Kent Police reports that it spends 0.04% of its total pay bill on Trade Union Facility time which has not changed from last year.
Kent Police reports that its Union officials spend 4.43% of time on paid trade union activities as a percentage of total paid facility time, compared to 4.44% last year. Of the total facility time, 60% is spent on paid Trade Union duties which has increased from 40.89% in 2020/21 and 40% is spent on paid Trade Union activities which is a reduction from 59.11% in 2020/21. In the past twelve months there has been an increase in Trade Union duties, as a result of organisational change.