'I'll give a third of salary to victims': Police commissioner candidate Simone Butterworth
A WOMAN vying to become the first Humberside police and crime commissioner has pledged to donate a third of her salary to victims of crime.
Liberal Democrat candidate Simone Butterworth has said the £75,000 salary is "out of keeping" with the lives of ordinary people.
The current city councillor said she will give £25,000 a year to charities that support victims of crime if she is elected.
She said: "As police commissioner, my first act would be to cut my own salary.
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"The elected police commissioner should not receive a salary of £75,000.
"It is completely out of keeping of the lives of ordinary people in the Humberside area who the commissioner will be representing."
The commissioner will be elected in November to replace the Humberside Police Authority, which is being abolished.
They will be responsible for managing a budget of more than £180 million and setting the force's priorities.
One of the commissioner's first tasks will be replacing the force's outgoing Chief Constable Tim Hollis, who retires next year.
Other candidates standing for the role have said the salary does not reflect the level of responsibility the commissioner will have.
UKIP candidate Godfrey Bloom said the salary would be "twice as high" for a similar role in the private sector.
"It is a very serious role to manage a budget of £180 million and so many people," said Mr Bloom, an MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincoln- shire.
"It is very difficult to say if it is the right amount. If it was an executive post rather than an elected one, it would not be anywhere near enough.
"I am fortunate in that I can afford to do it for £75,000 and I would be taking a salary decrease from being an MEP.
"Whoever gets the role will be saying in two years that it is not nearly enough."
The Labour candidate Lord Prescott has previously said he will accept whatever the salary is.
He said: "I think it would be a bit much to expect anyone to do a job like this for nothing.
"I come from a trade union background, which is all about ensuring that people are properly paid for what they do."
Paul Davison, a former commander of policing in the East Riding, is standing as an independent candidate.
He said: "It is a very big job and the pay is nowhere near what it should be for the job it is."
The role has been described as the "job from hell" by Conservative candidate Matthew Grove, a current East Riding councillor.
He said: "I have said it before and I will say it again, as political jobs go, this is the job from hell.
"The public are choosing one person who will responsible and accountable.
"You certainly wouldn't do it for the money.
"I have had many people say to me that the money isn't much for the level of responsibility."