Police and crime commissioner reacts to 'sham office' claims

Police and crime commissioner reacts to 'sham office' claims

Nicola Hine

Police and crime commissioner reacts to 'sham office' claims
Anthony Stansfeld

Police and crime commissioner (PCC) Anthony Stansfeld has responded to claims made in the national press regarding his expenses.

Reports emerged over the weekend which said Mr Stansfeld had changed the location of his main office to a room in his local police station in Hungerford, West Berkshire.

Revenue rules mean the PCC could not claim expenses for the 45-minute drive from his home to Thames Valley Police's Kidlington HQ, where his staff are based, every morning.

But, the reports added, by clocking in at the smaller office first he was then able to claim expenses for the journey to Kidlington.

They also claimed he has now stopped making the claims and instead become the first PCC to employ a chauffeur to take him to and from work.

A statement issued on Mr Stansfeld's behalf confirmed the Hungerford office was made available in February to 'increase his productivity' by reducing the amount of time he spends travelling.

It said he has not submitted any mileage claims since last month, when he was given the use of an ex-fleet car scheduled for disposal by the Force.

The previous claims made between November and March related to him using his own car for 'official business'.

The statement added Mr Stansfeld employed a part-time support officer last month, at an annual cost of £12,000, whose responsibilities include driving duties as well as admin work.

Mr Stansfeld is paid £85,000 annually for the role, which is said to bring 'democratic accountability to England's policing'.

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