Panel lacks powers to veto deputy police commissioner
EAST YORKS: Limited powers to oversee the appointment of the region's first deputy police and crime commissioner have been criticised.
A panel of councillors meet tomorrow to quiz Tory East Riding politician Paul Robinson over the £45,000-a-year role.
He has been given the deputy's job by the new commissioner Matthew Grove, who is also a Conservative councillor in the East Riding.
However the panel has no power to veto the appointment.
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Andrew Allison, Hull and East Riding co-ordinator of the Taxpayers'Alliance, said: "Police and crime commissioners were scrutinised through the election process.
"However, the same cannot be said of their deputies. Although police and crime panels will interview prospective deputies, they cannot block their appointment.
"Commissioners can say they note the recommendation of the panel and then do what they like. This is not healthy for democracy."
Cllr Robinson says he plans to continue serving as a backbench councillor.