Authorised allowances are the expenses, which the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) can claim.
The expenses are for things like travel, which the PCC has to pay out of his/her pocket as a result of carrying out his/her duties.
The PCC’s authorised allowances are determined by law.
Paragraph 3 of Schedule 1 to the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (‘the 2011 Act’) says a PCC should be paid these allowances.
Expense claims are closely examined by the Chief Executive. Claims for exceptional expenses require his approval.
In considering whether to grant approval, the Chief Executive takes into account:
- Whether exceptional circumstances demand additional support
- Whether the PCC could have avoided the expense, and
- Whether the PCC’s performance of his/her functions will be significantly impaired by refusing the claim.
Publication of Allowances
PCCs are required to publish allowances paid to them in law. Under paragraph 1(d) of the Schedule to the Elected Local Policing Bodies (Specified Information) Order 2011, PCCs should publish:
- Their name, force area, financial year, month, date, claim reference numbers, type of expense, short description, details, amount claimed, amount reimbursed, amount not reimbursed, and the reason why a claim was not reimbursed.
For travel and subsistence expense claims, PCCs should publish:
- Date, place of origin, place of destination, category of journey, class of travel, mileage, length of hotel stay, category of hotel stay.
The Office of the PCC (OPCC) does not have to publish the expenses and expenditure of chief officers by law.
However, expenses and expenditure have been voluntarily been submitted and published for the Chief Executive and the Chief Finance Officer of the OPCC, Cleveland.