Police chiefs worst paid in country after cars go

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SOUTH Yorkshire’s most senior ranking police officers are all to lose their car allowances - making them the worst-paid police chiefs in the country.

The decision to axe the payments has been made as the police authority struggles to get applicants for the role of Chief Constable, following the retirement of Med Hughes yesterday.

The authority was forced to re-advertise when only two people applied.

One police source said today: “Cutting the car allowance will make the Chief Constable the lowest paid in the country.”

South Yorkshire Police was paying around £1,000 a month to lease an Audi A8 for Mr Hughes and Deputy Chief Constable Bob Dyson, who will be acting as Chief Constable, has a BMW.

Assistant Chief Constables Max Sahota and Andy Holt and finance director Nigel Hiller also have BMWs paid for by the force.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police Authority said: “Members felt it appropriate to include a review of the terms and conditions of service for the force’s Senior Command Team as part of the Authority’s overall financial planning.

“After detailed consideration the authority has decided to phase out the current provision of cars to its senior officers in the most cost effective way.”

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