New Research: High costs of unaccountable police authorities revealed

December 16, 2011 12:01 AM


The TaxPayers' Alliance today reveals that, on average, 9 per cent of each Police Authority’s budget is spent on the Chief Executive's salary and pension - including an average salary of £90,000 - and members’ allowances cost over £10 million in 2009/10.


Click here to read the full report including a full breakdown of local Police Authorities


Click here to read the full press release


The Government plans to replace the current Police Authority structure with local elected Commissioners. They would set targets for forces and control their own budgets. Some have claimed that this change will be expensive but it is important to look at the context and the fact that there are already significant costs with the current arrangements.


The key findings of this research are:




  • In 2009-10, the total bill for members’ allowances was over £10 million, with an average payment to members of £14,100

  • In 2009-10, the average salary for a Police Authority Chief Executive was £90,000;with pension payments, this increases to nearly £103,000

  • Police Authority budgets averaged £1.7 million in 2009-10

  • On average, 9 per cent of an Authority’s budget was spent on the salary and
    pension of the Chief Executive

  • The average number of staff at a Police Authority was 13 in 2009-10

  • Police Authorities paid £1.3 million in subscriptions to the Association of Police Authorities in 2009




 Click here to read the full report including a full breakdown of local Police Authorities


Click here to read the full press release


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. "




The TaxPayers' Alliance today reveals that, on average, 9 per cent of each Police Authority’s budget is spent on the Chief Executive's salary and pension - including an average salary of £90,000 - and members’ allowances cost over £10 million in 2009/10.


Click here to read the full report including a full breakdown of local Police Authorities


Click here to read the full press release


The Government plans to replace the current Police Authority structure with local elected Commissioners. They would set targets for forces and control their own budgets. Some have claimed that this change will be expensive but it is important to look at the context and the fact that there are already significant costs with the current arrangements.


The key findings of this research are:




  • In 2009-10, the total bill for members’ allowances was over £10 million, with an average payment to members of £14,100

  • In 2009-10, the average salary for a Police Authority Chief Executive was £90,000;with pension payments, this increases to nearly £103,000

  • Police Authority budgets averaged £1.7 million in 2009-10

  • On average, 9 per cent of an Authority’s budget was spent on the salary and
    pension of the Chief Executive

  • The average number of staff at a Police Authority was 13 in 2009-10

  • Police Authorities paid £1.3 million in subscriptions to the Association of Police Authorities in 2009




 Click here to read the full report including a full breakdown of local Police Authorities


Click here to read the full press release


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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