Police and Crime Commissioners

Home Office written question – answered on 16th January 2015.

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Photo of Jack Dromey Jack Dromey Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) total cost and (b) cost in each principal category of expenditure was of the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in 2012; and in which months of 2012 costs for each of the principal items were incurred.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Holding answer received on 14 January 2015

By introducing Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), we have given everyone a direct say in policing in their area. PCCs are delivering a level of transparency, visibility and accountability that did not exist before 2012

under the invisible and unaccountable model of police authorities that preceded them.

The total cost of the national PCC elections in November 2012 was £66.8 million. This comprised:-

• £59.8 million for administering the elections – the breakdown of when this expenditure occurred will be placed in the House Library;

• £3.4million spent by the Home Office on promotional activity in March 2013; and

• £3.6 million that the Electoral Commission spent on mailing booklets. The

Home Office does not hold information on when these costs were incurred.

As the figures show, this expenditure occurred between February 2013 and March 2014.

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