The draft 2012/13 accounts of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner were presented to the independent Audit Committee on 27th June 2013, which was a meeting held in public.
Included in the statement of accounts was a pension payment of £170,147 and a compensation payment of £81,520 relating to the former Chief Executive.
This generated a great deal of debate and scrutiny from the independent members of the Audit Committee, who were able to question the officers of the Police and Crime Commissioner about the payments.
Barry Coppinger said: “It is absolutely right and proper that Audit Committee members scrutinised the draft accounts and were able to ask questions in a public forum about the payments.
“The 2012/13 year included the PCC election, whereupon the Cleveland Police Authority went out of existence. It is my responsibility to appoint a new Chief Executive to support me in delivering a wider range of responsibilities over and above those previously held by the Police Authority.
“In appointing the current postholder, this has been done via a secondment from Middlesbrough Council therefore the pension liabilities remain with the Council.”
“When the former Chief Executive joined Cleveland Police Authority, the Authority became liable for both his former pensionable employment and the pension accrued by the Chief Executive during his time with the Authority, as is the case when people move employment across the public sector and are able to transfer pensions across. It is set down in legislation that the PCC has to make this payment.
“In relation to the compensation payment, this was agreed through ACAS and was based on the sum the former Chief Executive would have received had his employment contract with the Authority been seen out.
“It is worth noting that I have agreed a 2013/14 budget some 22% or £270k lower than the former Police Authority. The above figures are ‘one off’ whereas this saving is annual.”
The full audited accounts will be presented to a meeting of the Audit Committee in September, which will also be a meeting held in public.
Posted on Monday 15th July 2013