MSPs to investigate election officials’ pay

MSPs are set to examine the payments received by election returning officers in Scotland following calls for reform of the system, which sees some highly-paid council chiefs collect extra substantial sums of payment.

Holyrood’s local government committee will look at how the payments are made and consider how appropriate they are.

The news come as returning officers remain in high demand, after Scotland has gone to the polls for five elections and referendums across three years. Figures show around £500,000 was shared between the 32 returning officers in a matter of weeks in 2016, as a result of the Holyrood election and the EU referendum.

Bob Doris, Scottish National Party MSP, commented: "The level of payment varies for different elections and different councils, and we're also aware some returning officers claim their payment, while others share payments with their staff. We want to find out more about how these payments operate, what their uptake is and whether they remain appropriate."