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Friday 16 December 2011

Suffolk: Police authority’s top officer is paid 12% of annual budget

ACTION has been called for after it emerged the top officer at Suffolk Police Authority is paid more than 10% of its annual budget.

The county’s police authority monitors the running of Suffolk police, sets its budget and holds the chief constable to account.

However, figures from the Tax Payers’ Alliance shows that of its £978,700 2009/2010 budget, £120,000 – or 12% – went on remunerating the chief executive, Chris Jackson,.

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This is Bristol: Lib Dem stands by latest call for system reforms

The Taxpayers’ Alliance said: “It beggars belief that some MPs are still asking taxpayers to hand them flat rate allowances without any receipts being provided.”

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Mail Online: Now MPs want their own union to push for better pay because of new expenses regime’s ‘huge burden’

Matthew Sinclair, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘If they are open and transparent about their expenses, the actions of honest politicians can speak for themselves.’

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Leicester Mercury: Suspended staff cost our councils the most

The city and county councils have spent more money on wages for suspended staff than other local authorities in the Midlands.

Leicester City Council has paid 107 suspended staff wages totalling £1.5 million since April 2009.

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The figures were collected by campaign group Taxpayers Alliance.

Director Matthew Sinclair said: “Taxpayers will be shocked so many employees were paid for months on end while suspended.”

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Darlington & Stockton Times: High cost of police authorities criticised by report

A REPORT has criticised the “high cost” of police authorities and in particular their chief executives.

The report by lobby group The Taxpayers’ Alliance highlighted the cost of chief executive salaries and set it against authorities’ annual budgets.

The group said that in 2009-10 Cleveland Police’s then chief executive, Joe McCarthy, drew a salary of £163,011. Together with his pension this equated to 14 per cent of the authority’s £1.27m total budget.

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Daily Telegraph: Police authorities spend tenth of budget on chief executives

The watchdog bodies use, on average, nine per cent of their funds in salary and pensions for their chief executives.

And police authority members claimed more than £10 million in allowance last year, the study by the TaxPayers’ Alliance found.

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Matthew Sinclair, director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Police Authority Chief Executives enjoy generous pay and perks at taxpayers’ expense.

“But despite the cost, Police Authorities aren’t properly accountable to the public who pay for them.

“The introduction of elected police commissioners will ensure that the police are taken to task by elected representatives, and have to respond to the public’s priorities, which doesn’t always happen under the current system.

“There will be a cost but that is far better than sticking with the status quo. ”

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Daily Express: The 74 illegals we should have sent back years ago

Jonathan Isaby, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Taxpayers will be shocked to learn that the Government is spending tens of millions of their money each year simply to keep people in removal centres who should have been deported years ago. Cases should be processed quickly – within days or weeks, certainly not months and years.

“The system is clearly failing and ministers should urgently review its operation.”

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Sky News: Disgraced MPs ordered to pay legal costs

TaxPayers’ Alliance director Matthew Sinclair welcomed the decision, saying: “Taxpayers will be glad that common sense has prevailed, and guilty MPs who abused their expenses have to pay back legal aid.

“Families shouldn’t have to pick up the bill for a failed defence against charges for ripping them off.”

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The Northern Echo: Taxpayers Alliance: What is it and who does it represent?

Read headlines of council waste or red tape gone mad and the Taxpayers’ Alliance is rarely far away. But what is it? And who does it represent?

Mark Tallentire meets Andrew Allison, the campaign’s County Durham-born national grassroots co-ordinator.

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Mail Online: Labour MPs jailed for fiddling expenses ordered to pay back £125,000 in legal fees

TaxPayers’ Alliance director Matthew Sinclair welcomed the decision, saying: ‘Taxpayers will be glad that common sense has prevailed, and guilty MPs who abused their expenses have to pay back legal aid.

‘Families shouldn’t have to pick up the bill for a failed defence against charges for ripping them off.’

The Spectator: The Climate Change committee’s suspiciously opaque report, by TPA Director Matthew Sinclair

The Climate Change Committee, a quango set up to advise the Government on its emissions targets, make a big claim in their report today. They have, they suggest, disproved the argument that climate policy is set to drive substantial increases in energy bills by 2020. They say that ‘policies to achieve a low-carbon economy will add a further £110 to bills in 2020, almost entirely due to support for investments in low-carbon power generation’, less than other estimates. And so the Guardian have used that as a pretext to let climate attack dog Bob Ward accuse the TaxPayers’ Alliance and Nigel Lawson’s Global Warming Policy Foundation of an attempt to ‘confuse and misinform the public with blatantly inflated figures’. Is that what we’ve done?

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Newmarket Journal: Council cash to prop up paper

Robert Oxley, campaign manager for pressure group the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said it was not the role of councils to act like banks and use taxpayers’ money to bail out failing businesses.

“Local authorities should stay out of the newspaper industry altogether – they shouldn’t try to prop up one title at the expense of others,” he said.

“If local residents and businesses are supportive of the community paper then it won’t struggle for revenue – councillors shouldn’t force taxpayers to subsidise a commercial enterprise.”

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Radio Plymouth: Robert Oxley discussed the latest research from the TPA revealing the cost of local police authorities

BBC Radio Kent: Director Matthew Sinclair discussed Kent County Council’s decision to abolish their Managing Director post and the secretive pay off for the former MD

BBC Radio West Midlands:  TPA Campaign director Emma Boon discussed whether taxpayers should pay for tattoo removal

ITV Central: Campaign Manager Robert Oxley discussed the TPA’s latest report into council staff suspended in the Midlands

BBC Radio Nottingham: Campaign Manager Robert Oxley discussed the TPA’s latest report into council staff suspended in the Midlands

The Register: Cheap energy revives US manufacturing, skint Brits shiver

Climate change campaigner George Monbiot today suggested a rebate for the poorest 20pc by raising bills for wealthier households even further – “you would reverse the regressive element” – he suggested. But the middle will still have to find the bulk of it; “you can’t distribute the problem away,” says Matthew Sinclair of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, and author of Let Them Eat Carbon.

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This is Tamworth: Council defends paying more than £230,000 to suspended staff

A report detailing the highest amounts of cash paid by a local authority to suspended staff revealed that Tamworth was ranked tenth out of the Midlands’ 78 councils.

The figures, which date from April 2009 up to now, are quoted in a report by the Taxpayers’ Alliance, who have slated councils for wasting taxpayers’ money.

Matthew Sinclair, Director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Taxpayers will be shocked that so many employees were paid for months on end whilst suspended and waiting for a decision about their future. This isn’t good for taxpayers, the council or the individual involved.

“Local authorities must ensure that action is taken and suspensions are dealt with swiftly and cases don’t drag on, leaving taxpayers picking up the bill for staff who are off work for long periods and temps to cover their absence.”

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Heart Norfolk: Emma Boon discussed the TPA’s latest research on Police Authority spending

 

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