Once upon a time there was a politician who said “We’re all in this together” or something very similar.
Soon after there followed one of the new breed, a Police and Crime Commissioner belonging to the same party as old “we’re all in this together” chops.
We didn’t ask for this new thing called PCCs, we just got them because some politicians somewhere thought it would be a good idea.
Anyway, the point of my tale is this.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for a large, rural force not too far away from DeadBadgerShire has a website. It’s his own personal website, his PCC website is separate, although they do seem to cross over sometimes.
Once upon a time he said this on his website;
“Working with my new Chief Constable, we have cut the cost of the three top salaries from £420,000 to £330,000. I have cut 15% from the cost of governing the police. We are pushing through further reforms to ensure money is spent where it’s most needed – on policing our towns and villages.”
Using the Freedom of Information Act I asked this thoughtful PCC what the three top salaries were that he (they) had reduced.
I must give him (his office) credit for answering that one.
Chief Constable, salary reduced from £175,014 to £161,819
Director of Finance and Resources, salary reduced from £141,295 to £98,000 and a reduction in responsibilities to Director of Resources only.
Chief Executive, salary reduced from £109,584 to £70,589 and responsibilities reduced to Chief of Staff only.
Salary bill reduced from £425,893 to £330,408.
He didn’t tell me that he has also snuck in a Deputy Commissioner at a salary of £53,000, making the figures above somewhat less impressive, but to be honest I would have left it that had he not rattled my goat with this tweet recently
This was followed by a challenge from one of our number
— Drac49 (@Drac49) February 7, 2015
To which, the reply was;
— Christopher Salmon (@ChrisTRSalmon) February 13, 2015
I couldn’t resist, so I had to chip in with
— Alan Wright (@Alanw47) February 19, 2015
To his eternal credit, he came back to me this comprehensive reply
Now, I wanted to be able to explain to you all why the PCC has felt it appropriate to cut three salaries, diminish two top posts and bring on board a deputy whilst maintaining his own salary, but I can’t because I haven’t had it explained to me, but I’m sure there’s a reason, his own salary (I found it eventually, buried deep in the website) is circa £65,000, quite reasonable really.
So I can go into the weekend assured that we truly are #AllInItTogether