TAX campaigners last night backed moves for independent commissioners after it emerged the chief executive of the Suffolk Police Authority was being paid more than 10% of its annual budget.
The Taxpayers Alliance says the new police commissioner system would be more accountable.
Matthew Sinclair, director of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: “The chief executive of Suffolk Police Authority enjoys pay and pension contributions worth £120,000 at taxpayers’ expense.
“But despite the cost, the police authority is not properly accountable to the public who pays for it. 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. “