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Home Office circulars

Circulars are official Home Office documents that detail updates on policy and procedures.

They are useful to people who work for, or with, the Home Office or who need to know the latest policy updates.

All circulars since 2003 are stored here; if you need an earlier circular then please contact us.

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Guidance on variable shift arrangements for police officers

This circular publicises the Home Secretary’s approval for the guidance on variable shift arrangements (VSA) agreed by the Police Negotiating Board.

Police service

Police pay and conditions



The Police Pensions (Additional Voluntary Contributions) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 SI No.2235

This circular advises of the closure of the police Additional Voluntary Contributions scheme to new, increased and transferred in business from 1 October 2010. This follows consultation with the Police Negotiating Board.

Police service

Police pensions



Police officer motor vehicle allowance

This circular advises that contrary to the implication of Police Negotiating Board circular 10/2 (amended), the Home Secretary did not approve the increased motor vehicle allowance rates contained in it.

Police Service

Police pay and conditions



Police officer pay

This circular confirms the Secretary of State’s decision to increase the pay of police officers for 2010 in accordance with the multi-year settlement agreed by the Police Negotiating Board (PNB) in 2008.

Police service

Police pay



The Firearms Act 1968 (amendment) Regulations 2010

This circular advises recipients that the above Regulations come into force on 28 July 2010.

Crime and disorder



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