Rutland’s crime commissioner has defended spending nearly £900,000 on staffing this year as part of his £1.1m budget to run his office.
Sir Clive Loader, who was elected crime commissioner for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland in November, is set to spend just over £881,000 on staff costs this year. The cost includes national insurance, pensions and temporary staff costs, according to his expenditure forecast.
Posts already filled include a chief executive on £90,000 a year, £15,000 more than Sir Clive earns himself.
A chief finance officer role, currently undertaken on an interim basis, pays £80,000 a year.
The overall running cost of Sir Clive’s office this year is £1.1m.
That figure is about £170,000 more than the estimated £929,000 cost of the former Leicestershire Police Authority, which Sir Clive’s office replaced in January, had it continued to operate until the end of March this year.
The majority of this £929,000 would have been spent of staffing, members allowances and audit costs.
Sir Clive said: “The old police authority, whose role was only part of the new police and crime commissioner’s responsibility, managed to deliver its duties with a small, but effective team.
“The statutory duties laid upon commissioners have led to a tremendous increase in workload so, simply to keep up with the job demands, additional capacity and resilience has had to be introduced.
“There were 17 members of the old authority so it was inevitable that extra support was always going to be required, particularly given the significant additional responsibilities placed upon police and crime commissioners.”
Sir Clive’s Police and Crime Plan, which was approved in March, plan has six main themes aimed at improving community safety and driving down crime.
These are: reducing crime; making communities and neighbourhoods safer; mental health and wellbeing issues; dealing with offending and reoffending; supporting victims and witnesses; and protecting the vulnerable in society.
Sir Clive added: “It’s important to have the right people in the right posts to deliver the best possible service for the public.
“While I’ve chosen not to engage the services of political advisers or a deputy commissioner, I’d like to stress we’re continuing to work with the force to reduce, and minimise, the additional costs of the office of the police and crime commissioner.
“I was elected to represent the people, to ensure their voices are heard and to help drive down crime, and I will do that to the best of my ability at minimum cost to the tax payer.”