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CENTRAL Scotland MSP, Margaret Mitchell has told councils, like North Lanarkshire, that they need to keep a better track of overtime expenditure.
Ms Mitchell’s comments come after a freedom of information request found that in the last five years North Lanarkshire Council paid employees 590,910 hours of overtime, whilst other Scottish councils, in the same period, paid almost 3 million hours of overtime.
Council overtime which is usually paid at double or triple rate, for employees within the councils' enterprise, environmental and land departments, saw North Lanarkshire Council paying the highest number of hours in Scotland.
Figures obtained by Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP, Mrs Mitchell, found that North Lanarkshire Council spent almost £9.5 million on double time payments, over the past five years.
Commenting, Margaret Mitchell MSP said: "These are extraordinarily high figures. Whilst some of the hours will be accounted for by public holidays and also extra hours attributed to services related to severe winter weather and other emergencies this does not account for all the expenditure.
"It is, therefore, up to councils like North Lanarkshire to account for exactly why they decided this double time or triple time should be paid and to assure the public that these overtime payments were necessary, justifiable and represented value for money."
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