Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has responded to the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) report (published 23 May 2013) entitled “Police and Crime Commissioners: Register of Interests”.
Mr Tipping said: “We are aware of some inaccuracies in the report in relation to the figures quoted for Nottinghamshire. For example, the Police Authority budget for 2012-13 was £1.228m, not the £1.026 quoted, whereas the budget for my office was approved at £1.1m.
“The overstated budget figure for 2013-14 was collated by the HASC before the budget was approved, when plans were still being developed. We are currently trying to establish how the Police Authority budget for 2012-13 was compiled as we were not asked for any figures.
“The reality is that if the correct figures had been used, Nottinghamshire would be showing a 10% decrease and the total cost of my office would be 0.56% of the overall policing budget.
“Clearly, I cannot comment on the figures for any other area.
“I do, however, welcome the aspiration of the report. I think it’s important that we all work hard to increase transparency of public information and expenditure for the public. We will work with the HASC to ensure that they are equipped with any information they need to compile these reports accurately in future and we would be happy to verify their findings for them, which would avoid this type of situation.”
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Posted on Thursday 23rd May 2013