Suffolk police commissioner defends office costs to MPs

Tim Passmore Mr Passmore told the select committee the costs of his office were less than the old police authority

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Suffolk's new police and crime commissioner has defended the costs of his office to MPs.

Tim Passmore appeared before the Home Affairs select committee and was questioned about his £1.7m budget.

Keith Vaz MP, committee chairman, suggested there had been almost a doubling of costs since the change from the old Suffolk Police Authority.

Mr Passmore said that was incorrect and the costs had actually gone down by £100,000 since his election last year.

Mr Vaz said to Mr Passmore: "You employ nine people, but your total office cost is £1.7m and that's a 48% increase on the previous police committee."

Mr Passmore replied: "The cost of the office is actually over £100,000 less than the previous police authority.

"I can assure you nobody is being paid any extra and there have been no other appointments at all on top of what I inherited from the police authority, which is something we're looking at at the moment."

Mr Passmore's office said there was a 48% increase in his total budget, but it was due to the inclusion of the £600,000 Community Safety Fund, which came from the government.

This fund was not included in the old police authority budget.

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