Tony Lloyd has welcomed the public scrutiny of police and crime commissioners, highlighted by a Home Affairs Select Committee report published today.
Tony said: “It’s really important that Police and Crime Commissioners deliver value for money and are transparent with the public about their spending and activities. I’m answerable to the people of Greater Manchester and they have every right to scrutinise the way in which I spend their money. Our website sets out my office’s spending so that anyone can look and judge for themselves.
“In terms of the overall cost of my office, the Home Office allows for up to 1% of a force’s overall policing budget to be used to service the offices of Police and Crime Commissioners. I am currently finalising the budget for my office, but it will not be more than £2.7m – which is less than 0.5% of Greater Manchester Police’s overall budget. This represents a saving of 8.5% on the costs of the former Police Authority and I’m confident that I’ll be able to identify further savings.
“I welcome the fact that Police and Crime Commissioners are subject to scrutiny and think it is important that distinguished bodies like the Home Affairs Committee hold us to account. I have to add, however, that I’m disappointed to see there are several factual errors in the report. We have raised this with the committee so they can correct these mistakes.”
The staff in Tony’s office were transferred over from the Police Authority. In some areas other bodies, such as local authorities or police forces themselves, carry out duties which his office provides in-house. Examples include audit or legal functions. Similarly, Tony’s office runs important initiatives which other offices don’t. For example, an appropriate adults scheme which ensures that an adult will always be available when police are questioning young people. Many commissioners’ offices don’t have this kind of scheme.
As highlighted in the Home Affairs Select Committee report, the proportional cost of running Tony’s office is significantly less than other police and crime commissioners and represents a saving of 8.5% on the costs of the former police authority.