Nominations have now closed for candidates contesting the election on May 5th for appointment as the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner with no last-minute surprises .
The full list of candidates is published on the Cardiff Council website on http://tinyurl.com/zvvhcb5
The candidates in alphabetical order are :-
- Mike Baker (Independent )
- Tim Davies (Conservative)
- Alun Michael – former Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth who is the incumbent PCC
- Cllr Linet Purcell (Plaid Cymru)
- Cllr Judith Woodman (Lib Dem Pentwyn)
Should the incumbent PCC be defeated then the Home Office arrangements dictate that he remains in his post for a week or so after the election whilst the new Commissioner is sworn-in and takes up his or her position.
The current salary paid to the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner is £85,000 a year . There is no mention of any employment package, healthcare package, car or pension – implying that there are no benefits over and above the basic salary set by the Home Office .
The Commissioner’s website also states – somewhat misleadingly – that “between 22 November 2012 and 30 March 2016, the Commissioner did not claim any expenses.”. In fact travel expenses are claimed for, and the Commissioner appears to travel usually by First Class Rail . There seems to be an arrangement however by which the Commissioner can only reclaim the cost of an ordinary standard rail ticket for each journey undertaken and – should the actual cost of travel exceed this – any amount above that of the rail ticket has to be repaid.