Up to 40 Vale of Glamorgan council staff who are appointed as temporary presiding officers or poll clerks in Penarth for the forthcoming Welsh Assembly and Police Commissioner elections on May 5th this year are to be paid double salaries.
On May 5th the polling stations in the Cardiff South and Penarth constituency are to be run by Cardiff Council – and it’s Cardiff Council that will employ the polling station staff – including the Presiding Officers at all the stations – and the “poll clerks”
However the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council’s ruling ‘cabinet’ has decided that if Vale of Glamorgan staff are hired by Cardiff Council for the day , then those staff should not have their Vale salaries docked for the day – even though they’ll also be paid by Cardiff Council.
The Vale Council ‘cabinet’ has agreed that all staff engaged by Cardiff Council for polling day in Penarth will be entitled to claim “leave with pay” on Thursday 5 May 2016 “ if they were appointed as Presiding Officer or Poll Clerk at polling stations in the Cardiff South and Penarth constituency, and employed by Cardiff Council.”
Until now the Vale Council’s so-called “Special Leave Scheme” hasn’t covered situations in which Vale of Glamorgan employees undertake “election roles” with neighbouring local authorities – like Cardiff.
The Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council , Cllr Neil Moore (Labour Cadoc Ward, Barry) said the arrangements only cover polling stations in the Cardiff South and Penarth constituency and nowhere else in the Vale .
If a similar situation arises in respect of the Bridgend constituency then a separate report will be considered by the ‘cabinet’.
Between 35 and 40 Vale of Glamorgan Council Staff are expected to be hired by Cardiff Council to work as presiding officers and poll clerks on May 5th .
It’s now emerged that similar arrangements were put in place for Parliamentary Election in Cardiff South and Penarth May 2015 .