Stop Chief Exec raking in £1000's as returning officer

Why does the Chief Exec bolster an already hefty pay with this "bonus" every election.  Surely this should be part of their duties anyway, and the council can use this money for other means?  No other post in the council would pay such an over the top and undeserved bonus for very little effort.  This money should go to council to cover cost of running elections - not the Chief Execs back pocket surely?

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Would save £1000's and show that we are taking action on this at all levels, not just the low paid in the council, as usual.

by easymoney on September 21, 2016 at 11:55AM

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  • Posted by Moneysaver September 21, 2016 at 12:40

    I am afraid a £1000 is too measly an amount to bother with and the chief exec considers it to be pocket money for a buffet and a sandwich.

    I am afraid the low paid will remain low paid as every employer is diving towards the bottom of the barrel with zero hour contracts obsessed with short term profits to put into offshore accounts.

    They are completely forgetting that if people don't have enough money they will have less to spend on buying products and services and thus drive the economy down and thus reducing the amount of money they can hide into their offshore bank accounts as their profits will go down too.
  • Posted by easymoney September 21, 2016 at 14:28

    The chief Exec earned a tasty £75,000 on top of her £160,000 for carrying out duties expected of the post. Bonkers.
  • Posted by Moneysaver September 22, 2016 at 11:56

    These posts operate on a **********************************************

    You may remember last week a NHS manager who was fired for incompetence and had a dummy post created by her buddies to keep the person continue to receive money from the public purse of up to £250000 per year.
  • Posted by GCCBudgetConversationAdmin October 03, 2016 at 16:33

    Thank you for your contributions.

    Although the role of Returning Officer is often carried out by a council Chief Executive; they are actually two distinct jobs with different employers.

    Returning Officers are paid by the UK Government, not the local authority – and the level of payment they receive is reviewed and set by the Cabinet Office.

    As such, even if a decision were taken to make the role of Returning Officer part of the ordinary duties of a council Chief Executive, as some believe should be the case; it would not save the council any money.
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