My report on Will Tuckley getting a nice £8,000 bonus for being at the AV Referendum count was short on detail; so here’s a bit more obtained from official records for Bexley’s AV referendum.
Those Lib Dems certainly cost us a lot of money didn’t they? £359,303 in total. The pay for ‘junior’ members of the team does not seem excessive, though if four members of my family who always participate in elections are anything to go by, they will be council employees who have taken a day’s leave, but why does a man on a near quarter of a million package need paying to do his job as Returning Officer? Do you think he took a day’s leave, it’s not as though he is short of it? Who else do you know who gets more than six weeks paid leave in a year?
And another thing… If you are being paid to do a day’s work at a reasonable rate of pay (the Officers and Clerks) why are you able to claim your subsistence and travel costs?