Councillors’ timesheets?

I see on BBC London News today that someone from the Taxpayers’ Alliance would like councillors to fill in timesheets to. I should be happy to do so.

For the record I spend an average of 2-3 hours daily dealing with emails and phone calls coming from Council officers,  constituents and several outside organisations. This includes weekends. On average I attend four meetings of Council committees and working parties at about 2- 3 hours duration each; some are longer than this. Whenever possible I attend outside meetings on Health and Community matters.Then you could add the preparation time before each meeting.

I reckon my working week lasts about 30+ hours all told. Well, I am retired and a front bencher, so I’m not complaining. I am not by any stretch of the imagination unique in this degree of time commitment.


About pauljohnston

Elected as Conservative councillor in Surbiton Hill, Kingston upon Thames in 1998. Re-elected 2002 and 2006. Former parliamentary candidate in Lancashire and Birmingham. Ceased to be a Councillor (temporarily?) in 2010. Active among Residents' Associations in Surbiton Hill and among residents in social housing generally. Former teacher of History at St. Brendan's College Bristol and Head of History and Politics at the London Oratory School. Worked with Sutton Trust running summer schools for sixth formers at Oxford University from 1997-2000 aiming to improve uptake of places from pupils from state schools which sent very few applicants to Oxbridge.
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2 Responses to Councillors’ timesheets?

  1. Jim says:

    Which paper was this in?

  2. pauljohnston says:

    My error. It was on BBC London News. Will correct post.

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