Thursday, 17 August 2017

Elections bill protest

BENSON Parish Council is to protest at its share of the cost of next month’s elections.

BENSON Parish Council is to protest at its share of the cost of next month’s elections.

It is to write to South Oxfordshire District Council, which organises the polling and counts, saying the estimate is too high.

Councillor Pat Peers said the council would be charged £4,000, compared with £1,600 in previous years.

She added: “Really all we should be paying for is the count.”

In February the Henley Standard reported that parish councils could be left counting the cost of the elections on May 7.



Many of them have budgeted a set amount to cover costs of the parliamentary, district council and possible parish council elections but an email sent to parish clerks by the district council’s electoral services department implied that the costs were likely to be higher than for the district council elections in May 2011.



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