Council staff paid twice

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  • #168329

    wxmanon
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    Are the public aware that the majority of people who man the polling stations are Wrexham Council employees who are given a days paid leave to do so?
    They then get paid again for these duties so are effectively being paid twice for the day!

    #168333
    AMA Express
    AMA Express
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    Yes, this member of the public is aware. Thank you.

    #168347

    Rex Ham
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    Yes, I knew that too. It has always been the case. However, it’s not just local authority staff employed on elections. I have done it myself (bored out of my skull!) and I never worked for the LA. I know of retired people who do it as well. It is paid out of a separate budget provided by the electoral commission. So, no story here!!

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 4 weeks ago by  Rex Ham.
    #168353

    billycoen
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    I’ll sleep better tonight.Cheers.

    #168354

    Wrexham ITK
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    They don’t get many perks to be fair

    #168361

    Ioan y Ffin
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    What’s the alternative: go out and recruit reliable trustworthy people for one very long day’s work each time there is an election. The recruitment costs would dwarf the supposed cost of the current system many times over and you would still have to pay them. Of course, unlike council staff, there would be no real way to hold these one off zero hour contract people to their responsibilities so all kinds of electoral shenanigans could occur. It is a funny world where sitting in a polling station ticking off names as part of the democratic process counts as a perk. Bring back free meals, days out at the races and hospitality in the directors’ boxes at the Racecourse!!

    #168383

    DerekJackson
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    Ex Council staff are also drafted in…

    #168401
    Councillor X
    Councillor X
    Participant

    Ex Councillors do it too

    A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.

    #168409

    KidA
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    Well that little attempt at council bashing failed Wxmanon. We should be thankful that we have a well organised electoral system in place aided by able council and non-council staff.

    #168559

    wrexpest2
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    It hardly counts as being paid twice! I know someone who did this once, it was a long day of hell! £100 was what they got paid, starting at 6am and finishing at 10pm…

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