Hertfordshire police chief gets massive pay and pension

PUBLISHED: 14:30 27 December 2011

Andrew White

Andrew White

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SIX-FIGURE pay and pension cash awarded to Hertfordshire Police Authority's chief executive is among the highest in the country, new figures have revealed.

The “generous” remuneration package enjoyed by Andrew White is above average, making up a whopping 12 per cent of the authority’s overall budget, according to a study by the TaxPayers’ Alliance.

The campaign group released the figures, which show the average chief executive’s pay and pension is nine per cent of the budget, to back moves to scrap the bodies and replace them with elected police commissioners.

The statistics show Mr White, who has held the position since October 2007, rakes in a total of £116,273 – a figure made up of his £96,832 salary and £19,441 pension.

They also show how members’ allowances at Hertfordshire Police Authority totalled £245,000 in 2009/10.

The authority justified the wages and pension costs as Mr White’s responsibilities “cover a wide range of functions, only part of which relates to managing the domestic budget”.

A spokeswoman said: “Hertfordshire Police Authority has responsibility for managing the overall policing budget for Hertfordshire, which is in excess of £200m.”

“This includes a 4,000-strong workforce, a large estate and range of other assets such as police vehicles.”

She also said the authority was making efforts to reduce its domestic budget, and was already 40 per cent cheaper than the national average.

Matthew Sinclair, director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Police authority chief executives enjoy generous pay and perks at taxpayers’ expense.

“But despite the cost, police authorities aren’t properly accountable to the public who pay for them.

“The introduction of elected police commissioners will ensure the police are taken to task by elected representatives, and have to respond to the public’s priorities, which doesn’t always happen under the current system.”

The chairman of Hertfordshire Police Authority, Cllr David Lloyd, agreed with the TPA’s stance on commissioners.

He said: “I think that commissioners will give a greater voice to local people in policing, and support their introduction.”

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