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Western Morning News – March 8, 2012
Devon and Cornwall’s first elected police commissioner will be paid a full-time £85,000 salary even if they work part-time, the Government has announced.
Ministers yesterday provoked outrage after saying salaries for new police and crime commissioners will not be reduced if they continue to hold other paid roles as well.
Home Secretary Theresa May said commissioners should be clear about any outside interests, and let the electorate decide their fate.
It is the first time the Government has admitted would-be commissioners, who will replace police authorities, will be permitted to hold other jobs.
MPs are paid a full-time salary but are allowed to work in other professions, such as the law, so long as it is declared.
Ben Bradshaw, Labour MP for Exeter, said: “I know a lot of Tory MPs claim they can’t live on an MP’s salary of £68,000 so take on extra jobs.
“But to suggest a police commissioner couldn’t survive in the Westcountry on £85,000 is absolutely ridiculous.
“It’s also grossly insulting to the police and the public to suggest that the job of police commissioner should not be full-time.
“Leading the fight against crime against a backdrop of massive cuts to the police is going to be more than a full-time job.”
The move follows speculation that high-profile candidates would be put off entering the races if they had to give up lucrative positions elsewhere.
Stand-alone elections for 41 police and crime commissioners, including one for Devon and Cornwall, will take place in November.
In the Westcountry, Tory Cornwall councillor Lance Kennedy has thrown his hat into the ring, and Devon councillor Brian Greenslade, a Liberal Democrat, is considering running for the post.
The Senior Salary Review Body last year recommended the new figureheads are paid up to £100,000.
The Home Secretary yesterday accepted that, meaning Devon and Cornwall and Avon and Somerset’s commissioners will be paid £85,000 each, and Dorset’s £70,000.
One proposal rejected by Mrs May was that the salaries should be reduced on a pro-rata basis for any who “do not carry out the role on a full-time basis”.
“We understand the intention behind it, but we believe that the best way forward is for commissioners to be clear with their electorate about what outside interests they have and for the electorate to judge them accordingly,” she said in a written statement.
“I intend to ensure that a commissioner declares any paid and/or unpaid interests that may conflict with their role or affect the amount of time which they will be devoting to it.”
Commissioners will set force budgets. Operational policing will remain with chief constables.