A local Council are recruiting a “Political Assistant” funded by the tax-payers.
Funded by the tax-payer, the controversial £30,000 a year role will “assist in the administration and co-ordination of the Ashfield Independent Groups activities”.
According to the published job description, other duties will include the preparation of speeches, media releases, and social media articles alongside providing general assistance to the leader and other members of the Ashfield Independent.
The fixed-term role is set to continue for “up to three years, depending on political arrangements.”
Residents across Ashfield have seen consistent year-on-year council tax hikes.
Lauren Mitchell, Ashfield Labour Councillor, said; “At a time when the council needs all the financial support it can get, this is a completely irresponsible and selfish move.
“The job description says the successful candidate will “be responsible for responding to enquiries from the public and assisting Members in resolving constituents’ problems and enquiries” which is quite literally the whole point of having councillors – it’s what we are elected to do.
“The Ashfield Independents are paying someone to do the work for them. Their constituents deserve an explanation as to why they need paid help to undertake the role they are already paid to do.