Police IT quango chief to quit
Chief constable Peter Neyroud, the man in charge of the quango running the National DNA Database and other police computer systems, has announced his departure ahead of the election.
His retirement comes after criticism of lavish perks enjoyed by senior staff at the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA).
The agency spent £750,000 on repairs to a 1940s ornamental bridge at its country estate in Hampshire. It also emerged last year that taxpayers cover a £23,000 rent bill for Neyroud's Westminster flat, as well as his resulting £9,000 income tax bill. It spent £71m on consultants in 2007 alone.
The Tories have put the NPIA near the top of their list of quangos for potential destruction. Meanwhile Labour insiders claim current ministers have also lost confidence in its leadership.
In an interview with Police Professional Neyroud - nicknamed "two brains" by senior police colleagues - denied his departure was motivated by speculation over the NPIA's future.
The Home Office created the NPIA in 2007 by combining several existing agencies. With an annual budget of more than half a billion pounds, as well as the NDNAD, it is responsible for the Police National Computer, automated number plate recognition, specialist training programmes and police communication systems. ®
Can your employer pay your tax?
Off the top of my head - if the taxpayer really pays his income tax bill - I would expect it to be taxable as more income. I can't see why not.
Oh come on...
This was a jobs-for-the-boys funny-handshake project from the very beginning. A bit late for those responsible to start whingeing that they "have no confidence". The perks were the POINT of the deal, not some side result - that goes for 99% of quangos. Or did anyone think it was to do with IT?
£5 to a penny Neyroud is either in another quango or some old boys' sinecure job before the ink is dry on his resignation.
Re: That Country Estate in HANTS
Correct, the estate is Bramshill.
The bridge was built by the previous owners, in 1949, and is definitely not a listed structure.