The way it was explained on the BBC earlier is that while entry-level salary is going down, those coming into the force from positions like a CSO will go straight in at the 23k route, plus by cutting out 3 of the pay bands they are making it easier and quicker for people to get to the 36k "average".
I really don't understand some of these proposals. Windsor says we're all all overweight, lazy, uneducated, corrupt and racist, and that a change is needed to recruit better people. Then the government somehow decides that to recruit better candidates they need to pay recruits significantly less, reducing the perks and they're desperately trying to get rid of the job security too. In what world does that make sense.
But its ok, because they're bringing in direct entry to higher ranks meaning that some deputy manager from Tesco can come and tell us all how it should be done.
In that sense, I can sort of see it being a good thing. People will be encouraged to get a taste for the work via a CSO or other route before committing to a full career in policing, which might help to prevent people from just joining the force on a whim and then deciding it isn't for them within a year (causing a waste of of the money spent to train them), and hopefully help to weed out the vigilante-wannabes and potentially corrupt (possibly?).
If it's true they're making it easier for people to go straight into senior roles from other sectors though then that's not so good.