Commitment to transparency
Police, Fire and Crime Commissioners are subject to a strict regime surrounding their expenses and expenditure. Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan takes her responsibilities in this respect extremely seriously and is committed to providing as much information as possible. For example, the Commissioner publishes all expenditure for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, even though the statutory minimum is £500.
For each journey taken, she also provides information on where she was going and who she was meeting. In addition, with regard to her own expenses, from 12 August 2013, the Commissioner has to adhere to the following:
“All expenses relating to travel by, accommodation for, or for the subsistence of, a relevant office holder, including the recipient of the funds, the purpose of the expenditure and the reasons why the elected local policing body considered that good value for money would be obtained.”
The Commissioner and her staff endeavor to achieve good value for money in all expenditure, and various options are assessed at every feasible point to ensure taxpayers money is spent in the best possible manner.
Open and transparency quality mark
For the sixth year, Julia has been awarded the CoPaCC Open and transparency quality mark for meeting her statutory requirements on openness and transparency.
Each year, CoPaCC invite commissioners to provide them with details of how they meet the current statutory transparency requirements. CoPaCC then undertake an analysis of the material they receive, along with their our own desk research, and publish the results.