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Fees and Expenses for Local Elections

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In accordance with the Representation of the People Act 1983 the cost of local elections is met from the local authority's budgets.

The local authority is required to appoint a Returning Officer to conduct these elections on their behalf. The Returning Officer is personally (not corporately) responsible for the management of elections. Each local authority is required to place the services of its staff at the disposal of the Returning Officer to help run the election.

In New Forest District the Returning Officer is Bob Jackson, the Council's Chief Executive. Even though the Returning Officer is also an employee of the Council, at the time of an election his responsibility is completely separate.

In order to run a local election the Returning Officer in New Forest needs to employ and pay over 600 additional staff with different levels of responsibility. It is important that this is done fairly and transparently. In order to achieve this, the Returning Officers across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight review and agree a schedule of fees which they all use to pay staff. This ensures that there is a consistent approach for everyone.

In the interest of openness and transparency the current schedule of fees can be seen by downloading the document below.

adobe icon Hampshire Election Fees Structure 2018/19 [255kb]

adobe icon Hampshire Election Fees Structure 2019-20 [243kb]

Contact information
Tel: 023 8028 5445
Fax: 023 8028 5543

Electoral Services, New Forest District Council,
Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst,
Hampshire, SO43 7PA

Updated: 19 Mar 2020
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