Hertfordshire police and crime commissioner to pay accountant £19,500 for one day’s work a week

Hertfordshires PCC David Lloyd is due to pay an accountant £19.500 a year to work one day a week Hertfordshires PCC David Lloyd is due to pay an accountant £19.500 a year to work one day a week

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
5:07 PM

A police and crime commissioner (PCC) has proposed to pay an accountant £19,500 a year to work one day a week.

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Hertfordshire’s PCC David Lloyd said in an open letter to the Police and Crime Panel on April 4 that he wished to change his chief financial officer (CFO) as his current one, James Hurley, is also employed as Hertfordshire Constabulary’s director of resources.

As part of a move to become more independent and enable him to be more objective about the police, he has proposed using John Franklin, Hertfordshire County Council’s (HCC) head of accountancy services, to work part-time as his new CFO.

Mr Lloyd said: “Mindful of the recent opinions expressed by external professional bodies and legal advice on joint CFO arrangements, together with the significant complexity of our future collaboration activity and the developing financial environment, I have decided to move to a separate CFO appointment.

He added: “The arrangement has been established for a period of 12 months with a review at the six-month period, by which time my plans for the permanent leadership team structure will have been presented to the panel.

“Mr Franklin would remain a full-time employee of the county council and retain HCC’s standard terms and conditions for his current role, which include 30 days annual leave.

“His salary for this arrangement covering both roles is £66,000 and my office will refund to the HCC the pro-rata cost of his salary, employment on costs and travel which will be £19,500 for the full year.”

A spokesman for the PCC added: “This proposed arrangement will strengthen the commissioner’s ability to scrutinise and challenge the chief constable. The new structure would be funded from within the commissioner’s existing office budget.”

A spokesman for HCC said: “The secondment of a finance officer from Hertfordshire County Council to be chief financial officer for the PCC is an example of how the county council works closely with partners to pool resources providing the taxpayers in Hertfordshire with the best value for money.”

Sharon Taylor, leader of Stevenage Borough Council, said: “I can see no reason for this change and think we need to watch the costs of things like this because they soon mount up.

“This is an additional cost to the public purse which in the current cutbacks and spending cuts could be far better spent on front line policing.”

The move is due to be discussed by Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Panel at a meeting on April 24.

What do you think? Is the police and crime commissioner justified in paying an accountant £19,500 per annum to work one day a week? Write to The Comet, Bank House, Primett Road, Stevenage SG1 3EE, email editorial@thecomet.net or tweet @thecomet24

5 comments

  • Only the thin end of the wedge...imagine a national political campaign funded through the Charity Commission via the taxpayer without their knowledge, even obtaining taxpayer grants for self promotion overseas under the guise of "charitable" activity. All you have to do is redefine the word 'charity'...easy

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    Bob

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • Every charity that is listed in this round has a description of EXACTLY what the funds are to be used for, except for that very large donation given to his friends at Kids Count. This is purely a cash hand-out to his conservative chums.

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    flybynight

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Worse still is how the taxpayer is being duped in to funding political lobby pressure groups that don't represent their views, while being given charity status via the Charity Commission to the tune of tens of £millions.

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    Bob

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Couldn't agree more biffinsbridge. Mr Lloyd also recently awarded £100K of funding to 'local' charities. I'm not sure why awarding charity funding should even be in his remit. Of these awards, the second largest award of £12,000 was made to Kids Count, a charity based in Bedfordshire, in the neighbouring village to Mr Lloyd. The charity is run by husband and wife team Linda Lawrence and Nigel Tucker. Ms Lawrence being a former local conservative party chairman in Bedfordshire, who conveniently stepped away to run this 'charity' and Mr Tucker being the current deputy chairman of Dacorum conservatives. You will quite often find one of these two sharing a stage with Mr Lloyd. This charity claims to help youths from offending. The reality is this charity spends most of its money attending party political events and a yearly trip to America for it's 'youth board' who funnily enough mainly consist of family and friends of Ms Lawrence and Mr Tucker. So Mr Lloyd has just donated £12,000 of our money to pay for his Tory friends to go away on holiday again. Apart from commenting on other charities work, Kids Count appears to nothing but look after their own political ambitions, could Mr Lloyd explain why he felt this warranted £12,000 of our money?

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    flybynight

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Absolutely disgusting waste of money. Just goes to show how the "boys" all look after each other. Hang your heads in shame you bunch of crooks.

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    biffinsbridge

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

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