Candidate to ‘share salary’ if successful

The Reverend Dr Alan Billings.
The Reverend Dr Alan Billings.
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A candidate hoping to be the next South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner says he will give half his £85,000 salary to charities supporting crime victims if elected.

The Reverend Dr Alan Billings, who is the Labour Party candidate to replace Shaun Wright, said he did not think it was right the role was paid more than council leaders.

Dr Billings said: “The salary seems excessive to me, so I will take just half the salary and donate the other half to South Yorkshire charities providing support to victims of crime.

“This will bring what I earn broadly into line with South Yorkshire’s council leaders and will mean the rest is being put towards good causes helping the people in South Yorkshire who need it most.

“In addition, I commit to reducing the costs of the office of the commissioner if elected, by asking an auditor to report back to me on where savings can be made.

“People in public offices need to show by example they believe in public service and are not motivated simply by money. We should set a strong moral example.”

Mr Billings is standing against English Democrat David Allen, Coun Jack Clarkson, representing UKIP, and Conservative Ian Walker at the by-election on Thursday, October 30.

Mr Wright resigned following the Rotherham child sex exploitation scandal.