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FRONTLINE COPS SHOW OPEN HATRED FOR THE ASSOCIATION OF CHIEF POLICE OFFICERS
Police chiefs are receiving lucrative housing allowances on top of generous salaries and in some cases bonuses from the taxpayer, the Sunday Herald can reveal.
Chief constables are still receiving an outdated property perk that was taken away from officers who signed up to the service after 1994.
The total bill for the subsidies across the Scottish forces amounts to millions of pounds a year.
The UK and Scottish Governments are set to slash funding for all public bodies, including Scotland’s eight police forces.
Plans being drawn up by police bosses to fill the black hole include laying off thousands of civilian staff and moving towards a single force north of the Border.
It is absolutely shocking that senior officers are not showing a lead and refusing these huge payments.
David Stewart, Labour MSP and Chief Whip
Les Gray, the chair of the Scottish Police Federation, has already warned ministers that planned cuts of up to 25% could lead to an increase in violent crime.
However, the cuts are coming in spite of police forces spending millions of pounds every year on a perk that was axed for most officers 16 years ago.
Before September 1994, police officers were granted an allowance that contributed to their housing costs.
The then Conservative Government scrapped the handout for new recruits, who had to make do with their salary.
But existing beneficiaries did not lose their entitlement to a rent or housing allowance, which can work out at around £3000 a year for ordinary beat police, and nearly £6000 per annum for chief constables.
The allowance can therefore benefit officers who, since 1994, have been promoted to senior roles that attract six-figure salaries.
Figures released by each force show the allowance is being given to most of the country’s chief constables.
The statistics also suggest that ending the two-tier system could contribute to plugging the deficit in police budgets.
Scotland’s biggest force, Strathclyde Police, is facing a multi-million pound funding gap in the next four years, yet it shelled out £8.1 million last year in housing and rent allowances to officers.
Chief Constable Stephen House, who earns around £178,000 a year, has received £9132 through the housing perk over four years.
In addition, House received £34,243 in bonuses between 2008 and 2010, while his deputy Neil Richardson took home a performance top-up last year of £11,447.
Figures also show that former deputy chief constable Ricky Gray enjoyed an £11,166 bonus in 2007/2008.
A spokesman for Strathclyde said: “The Terms and Conditions are set by the Strathclyde Police Authority. Due to the current economic climate the chief constable has already declined his bonus for financial year 2009-10.”
In Lothian and Borders Police, chief constable David Strang has received praise for not having accepted a bonus while in post. However, he has been given £32,368 since 2007 in housing allowance.
Strang’s salary records show that he takes in around £478 a month in the perk, plus another £319 a month to offset tax paid on the allowance, on top of his annual salary of £142,143.
Lothian and Borders figures show that one-time deputy chief constable Tom Halpin was awarded £32,866 in performance add-ons between 2007 and 2010, while fellow chief Ian Dickinson took home £9561 in the same period.
A spokesperson for the force said: “Mr Strang places himself in the same category as all other police officers whose remuneration is subject to the terms and conditions of their employment, pre-1994, which includes rent allowance. If the allowance was to be discontinued, Mr Strang would have no personal issue with this.”
Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary is another force that would be rocked by having to making 25% budget cuts. Although the £127,000-a-year chief constable Patrick Shearer has not received a bonus since taking up his post in 2007, he has banked £19,367 in the allowance over the same three years.
He also benefited from a £23,775 removal allowance after relocating to Dumfries. In addition, his deputy was paid a £12,096 bonus in the last financial year.
Asked to comment, a spokesperson for Dumfries and Galloway gave exactly the same response as the press office at Lothian and Borders.
Tayside Police, according to budget documents, set aside up to £1.8m for the housing and rent perk last year. Between February and August this year, new chief constable Justine Curran received a rent allowance worth £2339.
Last year, Tayside’s former chief Kevin Mathieson took home an £18,539 bonus, while in the previous 12 months he received a £12,600 top-up as deputy to John Vine, who took a £18,481 bonus.
A spokeswoman for Tayside police said: “With regard to payment of housing allowances all officers who joined before September 1994 are eligible and continue to receive this.”
In Fife, chief constable Norma Graham has received £17,205 in the housing perk between 2008 and 2010.
An official in the force said that none of Fife’s officers had received bonuses. However, other forces have been less forthcoming on how much their chief constable has received in the allowance.
An official in Grampian Police confirmed that its top officer, Colin McKerracher, has received the housing perk, but refused to reveal the amount, saying: “I consider that the disclosure of this information would prejudice the rights and freedoms of the chief constable, particularly the right to respect for private life.”
But McKerracher, who earns £133,000 a year, has enjoyed the most generous bonuses of any Scottish chief constable, receiving £56,914 in three years.
His deputy, meanwhile, received £26,423 in performance bonuses between 2008 and 2010.
A Grampian Police spokesman said: “Housing allowances for police officers are agreed through the Police National Board as part of their terms and conditions. These are applicable to all officers – not just the chief constable – who joined before September 1994 and who are not in provided accommodation.
“The payment of any allowances or performance-related salary elements to chief constables is a private matter between them and the relevant Joint Police Board.”
Northern Constabulary, which shelled out £835,478 last year on the allowance, has refused to provide details on whether £127,000-a-year chief constable Ian Latimer has received the subsidy.
The force’s freedom of information officer stated that such data amounted to “personal information”, adding that none of the chief officers in Northern had received any bonuses.
Central Scotland Police, which spent £851,117 last year on the allowance, has told this newspaper that no payments have been made through the chief officer bonus scheme in the last three years.
Asked how much its chief constable Kevin Smith had received in housing or rent allowance, a spokesman said that he had received “no allowance as described”.
As previously reported in the Sunday Herald’s sister newspaper, The Herald, the chief constables of Dumfries and Galloway, Tayside, Fife, Northern, Lothian and Borders and Central Scotland have opted to forego their bonuses this year.
However, a spokesman for Grampian declined to say if its chief constable would join them in waiving his bonus this year.
Political pressure is now also being applied to the housing perk. Labour’s Chief Whip, David Stewart MSP, said: “It is absolutely shocking that senior officers are not showing a lead and refusing these huge payments.
“At a time when the public finances are stretched it is inconceivable that chief constables are still happy to take these huge allowances when they’re being paid more than the First Minister.”
Liberal Democrat finance spokesperson Jeremy Purvis said: “It would be pretty inexcusable for chief constables to be warning of the consequences of budget cuts when they don’t look first at the remuneration and packages that they and the most senior officers receive.
“We have to have a frank debate on senior pay and that is why I challenged the First Minister on this on Thursday. His response and the response of public sector leaders like chief constables gives the impression that they are not taking this seriously.”
A spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland said: “Rent and Housing Allowances have not been paid to new police recruits since 1994 and remains part of the pay and conditions only of officers recruited before that date.”