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Alan Billings, has reaffirmed his long-standing pledge to donate half his salary to local charities supporting victims if he wins the PCC by-election.

Alan said:

"I have said for a long time that I don't think it's right that the Police and Crime Commissioner should earn more than South Yorkshire's hard-working council leaders - the salary seems excessive to me. 

"So I will take just half the salary and will 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 will commit to reducing the costs of the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner if I'm elected, by asking an auditor to report back to me on where savings can be made.

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

Billings reaffirms pledge to donate half his salary to charities supporting victims

Alan Billings, has reaffirmed his long-standing pledge to donate half his salary to local charities supporting victims if he wins the PCC by-election. Alan said: "I have said for a...

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Newly announced candidate for South Yorkshire Police Commissioner, Canon Dr Alan Billings has pledged to put tackling child sexual grooming top of his priorities.

The retired Anglican priest and Barnsley teacher was until recently a board member of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales, which oversees the work of the criminal justice system for the under 18s. 

As someone with vast experience in helping victims but with no previous association with South Yorkshire Police, Alan can offer a fresh start for people in South Yorkshire as the task of rebuilding trust in local policing begins.

Dr Alan Billings says: 

“My first priority will be tackling child sexual exploitation in Rotherham head on – rooting out child sex offenders and making sure they’re prosecuted so victims finally get justice. Rotherham’s children were so badly let down by the police, the authorities, those in positions of responsibility. There can be no excuse – I say never again.

“We must implement big improvements in how child sexual exploitation is dealt with, vastly improving police officers’ understanding of these crimes and how to deal with young people at risk, and providing proper support to victims.

“As someone who has no previous connection with South Yorkshire Police I think I will be the right person to hold them to account on behalf of South Yorkshire people.”


Alan Billings’ priorities as PCC for South Yorkshire:

  • Rooting out child sex offenders, making sure they are prosecuted, giving victims the support they need and ensuring they finally get justice
  • Bring back Neighbourhood Policing so we have high-visibility police on our streets and in our communities
  • Rebuilding public trust in their police by ensuring victims of Hillsborough and Orgreave get justice
  • Cracking down on anti-social behaviour with tougher penalties for those who don’t change their behaviour

 

About Canon Dr Alan Billings: 

  • Alan is a regular contributor to Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme
  • Served for decades as a parish priest
  • Lives in Sheffield
  • Has advised governments on strengthening our communities and community cohesion
  • Sat on national Youth Justice Board which oversees justice for under 18’s
  • Until this year sat on Big Lottery Fund board, allocating £650m funding to good causes improving people’s lives

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Labour has accused the Tories and Lib Dems of proving once and for all that the two parties are truly two sides of the same coin after they concocted a secret deal to carry out a coup of Calderdale Council last night.

Speaking after the council meeting, Labour Group leader Tim Swift said:

“This cynical coup proves once and for all that the Lib Dems and the Tories are two sides of the same coin. In Westminster for four years they have been in cahoots and now they are going to do the same here in Calderdale.

“It shows that if you vote Lib Dem you get Tory. The chaos and hours of deliberations which followed their power-grab last night showed they didn’t have a clue what to do next – if that is a sign of how Calderdale Council is to be run for the next nine months I worry for the people of the borough – they deserve better than this.

“In the ultimate show of hypocrisy, the two issues which Cllrs Battye and Baines pretended this was all about – car parking charges in the town centre and Hipperholme crossroads – were both subsequently swiped from the agenda and so were not even discussed at all.

“The Tories and Lib Dems have been exposed as power-hungry shadows of their national parties, putting their selfish goals above the best interests of Calderdale residents.

“Labour will hold the new administration to account strongly and will be working harder than ever to secure an overall majority on Calderdale Council in next May’s elections.”

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