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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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£519,000 cost of Cumbria crime commissioner's office

New figures have shown that the office of Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner costs £519,000 a year to run.

Richard Rhodes was elected into the post last November in a bid to save money, streamline bureaucracy and set key crime and policing priorities.

His office includes 11 posts, two part-time, and the total includes two vacancies.

However, a former member of the police authority has said that the two organisations probably cost about the same to run.

Councillor John Mallinson said there were 17 police authority members, each paid an allowance of £9,000, with around seven or eight members of staff.

He said it probably cost about the same to run and added: “If you take into account the allowances and the staff salaries there’d not be a fag paper between them.”

But he said the commissioner had saved costs in certain areas and that he felt the role could be a positive step forward.

  • The posts include: chief executive/monitoring officer; chief finance officer; communication and engagement executive; partnerships and strategy manager; governance and business services manager/deputy monitoring officer; commissioning contracts manager; community engagement/media officer; executive officer to the commissioner; independent custody visiting scheme administrator (P/T); and finance and budget assistant (P/T).

The commissioning contracts manager role was recently advertised with a salary of £48,500 – Mr Rhodes’ salary is £65,000.

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