No, there is no recompense for the work carried out. The legislation exists to prevent councillors in all tiers of council from establishing paid positions for themselves upon resignation. The correct procedure is for the council to resolve to create a new position of unpaid clerk at the outset and to recruit to that post in the normal way. At the end of the 12 months, the council should resolve to create a new position of paid clerk and recruit to that post in the normal way. In both cases, the best candidate should be appointed to the role in accordance with equal opportunities legislation.