A report by think tank Policy Exchange says that urgent action is needed to boost working class participation in public life, including the expansion of a scheme in London which saw bus drivers working as Magistrates.
The report praised a London bus company and the Magistrates Association for joining forces to encourage bus drivers to become magistrates.
Being a magistrate is unpaid, although expenses and some allowances are available.
But bus company Go-Ahead pays staff in full for time taken off during normal working hours to be a Magistrate, and now benefits from “more well rounded and experienced” employees who were more loyal and had higher morale, the report said.
More information about becoming a Magistrate is available at: https://www.gov.uk/become-magistrate
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